Strings

This section of the orchestra is called the “strings” because all of the instruments in it have strings. Musicians play string instruments by stroking a bow (made of horse hair) over the strings, or by plucking the strings.

Strings Section

String Instruments

Violin

Violin

The smallest of the string instruments, the violin has a high, sweet sound. There are more violins in an orchestra than any other instrument!

Viola

Viola

The viola is a little bigger than the violin, and can play lowest notes.

Cello

Cello

The cello looks similar to a violin or viola, but is played between the knees of a musician sitting in a chair. The cello plays lower notes than a violin or viola, but higher notes than a double bass.

Double Bass

Double Bass

The largest of the strings, the bass can also play the lowest notes.

Harp

Harp

The harp has 47-48 strings and makes sound by plucking the strings with the fingers.

Orchestra Seating Chart