Electric Strings Music
Electric instruments have been very popular for quite a while but still seem to get missed a lot by even those who love looking for new music. Here you will find information on electric stringed instruments (not guitar) as well as some music videos so that you can see them in action and explore the rich sound they produce.
The following 4 minute video shows how an electric violin is made and explains some of the differences between the classical violin and the electric.
How Electric Violins are Made
The video above was produced by vectorinstruments.com and howitsmade.com.
As the video points out, the main point in making any instrument electronic is to make it so it is better heard by others. However, this also leads to better recording and the ability to manipulate sounds coming out of the violin better as you can augment the sound and change it as you would like.
Beethoven's 5th / Secrets - One Republic
Yes, there is a lot going on in this video, but they generally show what is making the sounds. I am pretty sure that is the Electric Cello being played, you can definitely tell the difference in sound and look of the instrument. This is a good video for comparisons of sounds.
Plus, it is a great video.
The one to the left is a sample with lyrics so you can tell how it blends with a voice.
1 Piano, 2 Guys, 100 Cello Tracks
This is just another good example of the sound of a larger electric stringed instrument. Also, when the classic cello comes in you can see the difference again there as well.
On the side here, we have Moonlight - Electric Cello for our last piece of Cello.
Requiem For A Dream - Kate Chruscicka
This is a good example of Electric Violin. The wonderful think about these instruments is they don't have to look the same - they only have to have the same string length. This leads to a great ability to personalize electric instruments.
Palladio - Escala
Escala is an electric string quartet that made their way to the top of Britain's Got Talent. They have two electric violins, an electric viola, and an electric cello. For another good song they did: Led Zeppelin's Kashmir is always popular.
Fuego - Bond
This Australian/British string quartet was around before Escala. Bond has been described as the best selling string quartet of all time - selling over 4 million records.
There are many more artists out there who use electric strings that I could not put up here. Youtube is always a very good place to start by using general search terms in order to find more items that you like. Unfortunately there is a mass of low quality films as well - so try to make sure you find an HD video for the full effect.