Bowed string instrument

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Bowed string instruments are a subcategory of string instruments that are played by a bow rubbing the strings. The bow rubbing the string causes vibration which the instrument emits as sound.

List of bowed string instruments[edit]

Violin family[edit]

Niccolo Paganini playing the violin, by Georg Friedrich Kersting (1785-1847)
Variants on the standard four members of the violin family include:

Viol family (Viola da Gamba family)[edit]

Karl Friedrich Abel playing the bass Viola da Gamba, by Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)
Variants on the standard four members of the viol family include:

Lyra and Rebec Type[edit]

Chinese Bowed Instruments[edit]

Two performers playing the Erhu, sometimes known as the Chinese fiddle.

Rosined wheel instruments[edit]

Performing Sri Lankan Ravanahatha
A performer playing the Morin Khuur, the Mongolian Horse Fiddle

The following instruments are sounded by means of a turning wheel that acts as the bow.

Other bowed instruments[edit]