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Definition and Description of the Fiddle
Definition and description of the Fiddle: The Fiddle can be described as one of a variety of Medieval instruments which were played with a bow or plucked and usually held under the chin or in the crook of the arm. Easily portable and one of the most popular street and town musical instruments. This instrument has four strings and a hollow body and an unfretted fingerboard and is played with a bow.

Family of Instruments: The Fiddle belongs to the family of String instruments.

Medieval Musical Instruments - Fiddle
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Fiddle, would be used by the musicians of the period including the Waits, Minstrels or Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume, not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments (literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were suitable for outdoors which included the shawm, sackbut, pipe and tabor.

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