The violin also known as a fiddle is a string instrument usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments which also includes the viola and the cello.
Someone who plays the violin is called a violinist or a fiddler. The violinist produces sound by drawing a bow across one or more strings which may be stopped by the fingers of the other hand to produce a full range of pitches by plucking the strings with either hand or by a variety of other techniques. The violin is played by musicians in a wide variety of musical genres including Baroque music classical jazz folk music rock and roll and Soft rock. The violin has come to be played in many non-Western music cultures all over the world.