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Electric Strings Music

Updated on May 30, 2012
A Violin, Two Ways. Classic and Electric.
A Violin, Two Ways. Classic and Electric.

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

Electric Instruments

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.

Conclusions

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.


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      Daniel Johnston 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I play the piano. I guess it would be like saying comparing it to a keyboard almost, but not AS fake. I love classical music as well and know a lot of people don't realize that there are electric versions of instruments other than guitar and piano.

      I do agree it sounds different - nothing has the same resonance as a nice wooden violin, but I'm not sure I like the word fake. Its a little harsh maybe.

      I kind of forgot about the viola, though it is in the quartets. I love violin but am liking cello more lately since it is so deep and rich, where violin can be a little high and screechy at times.

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      James Robertson 5 years ago from Texas

      I've been playing the violin for 12 years now and I never get sick of its rich sound. But even though I play the violin I would say that the cello is a more rich sounding instrument (as well as the viola which you didn't really cover). You really have to be careful when comparing music with a violin because sometimes it could be a viola and most people won't even be able to tell. That or it might be a violin with a mute (or dampener) on the bridge.

      I personally haven't purchased an electric violin because I feel that the sound is "fake". Yes if it is backup for a song you don't notice (by the way Yellowcard would be a good example of an American band with an electric violin) but when you really pay attention to the sound, it's just fake.

      I will always prefer the sound of a real instrument over a fake one. Great article though! Did you write this because you play as well or just because you have a love for classical music?