• Is there a difference between a
violin and a fiddle? Or is it that one
of the players is classically trained
and the other has a recipe for
possum?
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    • The difference is the genre. Only a violin can get you into an orchestra, while only a fiddle can save your soul when the devil goes down to georgia.
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    • Violinist here. The difference is that on violins the bridge is curved, where as on a fiddle the bridge is shaved flatter, which makes double stops a lot easier
      Jombie 1 aug
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    • One kicked the devils ass, the other is for preppy fucks.
      rocko15 1 aug
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    • Ones got strings othern got STRANGS
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    • One is for high class people and the other is for kicking the devils ass for being cocky
      tcliff 1 aug
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    • All violins are fiddles but not all fiddles are violin, fiddle is a classification
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    • One you can look classy with, the other you need it to defeat the devil and be able to play in Texas
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    • Well one you “gotta have in the band,” the other is for classical music
      Dj2pintz 1 aug
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    • One has “strings” and the other has “strangs “!
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    • A violin has strings. A fiddles got strangs
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    • It's in the bridge, a fiddle has a flatter top on the bridge allowing you to bow 3 strings at once, also known as "drones" YW
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    • The difference is quite obvious. If you’re gunna play in Texas,
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    • One is for northern scum and the other is for southern chads
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    • Violin is for the classics whilst fiddle is for people who are gonna play in Texas and gotta have a fiddle in the band.
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    • I guarantee you Charlie Daniels was classically trained at least a little, most of those bands back then had at least one person who was classically trained and could freaking shred. Like Billy Powell from Lynyrd Skynyrd
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    • It's the bridge I believe is different, violins are more rounded while fiddles are flatter so you can hit more than one string easily
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    • Classical training can't beat music with soul in it
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    • This dip shot cant even spell opossum!!! Hahahahahahaha
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    • Haha that's about it hahaha 🤠🤠
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    • Can we talk about the fact that it’s spelled opossum not possum
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    • Why are violinists and some professional orchestra folks such preppy assholes? Welp a dude name Wagner changed the way you listen to concerts. It used to be like a pop concert where everyone is loud and find. Wagner wanted people to shut up and listen
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    • Oh have you met an violinist? We’re either depressed or mad, ‘tis us with the recipe, not Johnny down in Georgia
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    • Charlie Daniels just passed away y'all. RIP king of fiddlers.
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    • One is for classical music, the other is for not classical music. Also, while most fiddle players can and do read music traditional fiddle music requires you to learn by ear.
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    • One is played in the orchestra and the other is played on roof
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    • the one who has a possum recipe also out-fiddled the devil
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    • Well ones beaten the devil
      Kewl 1 aug
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    • A fiddle is just a violin with a southern accent homies.
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    • Why does it seem like no one knows how to spell opossum
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    • Roddy Chong- Violinist Charlie Daniels Band- Fiddle
      Lampcap 3 aug
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    • One has string and one has strangs. At least that’s the way we differentiate in Tennessee (home of country music)
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    • Yeah that's it that's the difference. Tbh idk, basically taught myself the last fucking 9 years
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    • The bridge, and my violinist brother mentioned something about the specific genre of musix
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    • My great-great grandpa played the fiddle, had two hound dogs, and was a moonshiner that lived in the Ozarkan mountains
      AKJesus 1 aug
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    • Violins have no frets on the neck fiddles do
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    • A fiddle is a violin that was given a cool nickname for being used to play folk and country music in a very festive manor.
      TheCrow 1 aug
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    • A violin has strings whereas a fiddle has strangs
      GmanV 1 aug
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    • They’re the same. Depends what kind of music you’re playing.
      lwpack 1 aug
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    • One's for high class and the other is for the cat to play hey diddle diddle, a jig that would wake the dead
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    • They are actually the exact same instrument, just depends on how you play it, play normal notes for the classic violin sound, and slide into the notes for the country fiddle sound
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    • Years ago, I was actually asked this ?, I replied "violin is played with an orchestra. Fiddle is usually played behind chicken wire."
      STB1971 1 aug
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    • That’s exactly it
      OhOkOof 1 aug
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    • And viola is just violin but fancy
      Inquire 1 aug
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    • One of them definitely has a recipe for possum
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    • One is required if you’re gonna play in Texas
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    • I'd just like to explain in case anyone doesn't get it: they are the same instrument. The only difference is how you play it
      AtlasBCM 1 aug
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    • A fiddle is a violin, viola and anything in between. A violin is a shitty excuse for a viola
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    • I am a classically trained musician with a master's degree in vocal music, I'm also from Georgia. You hear me speak and my accent is so fucking thick, but then in 0 seconds flat I'll open up into an Italian arts song with a rich baritone voice and perfect diction and it throws people for LOOPS.
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    • Okay, time to let the adults talk. A "fiddle" is a violin, and while there aren't any differences in the construction, the term is usually used when referring to upbeat jigs characteristic to Irish violin playing. Source: been professionally trained for the past decade, bite me.
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    • A violin has four strings, but a fiddles got straaahngsss
      t_rev 4 aug
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    • And where does the ukulele fall in this argument.
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    • Exactly.
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    • Can’t beat the devil with a violin.
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    • You don’t spill beer on a violin.
      gio1111 3 aug
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    • A fiddle is a yeehaw violin
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    • One is for classical pieces, the other plays music that you actually like
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    • If you’re buying it it’s a fiddle; if you’re selling it it’s a violin.
      1alissa 3 aug
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    • Just a play style difference. Violin for classical, baroque, orchestral, etc. Fiddle for basically everything else. Primarily folk tunes like Irish jigs and reels.
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    • Actually a fiddle player is trained in classical violin AND has the recipe for possum soup.
      Nik04 3 aug
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    • Ones for a simp the other is for a devil beating Chad
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    • “A violin and a fiddle are the same four-stringed instrument, generally played with a bow, strummed, or plucked. They are identical in their physical appearance. What distinguishes a violin from a fiddle is the style of music that is played on the instrument; it’s all in how you play it.”
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    • Depend on if you’re down in Georgia or not
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    • Violins have strings and fiddles have strangs
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    • Meat is meat
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    • *opossum
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    • The main difference seems to be how it's played and the instruments it's next to.
      Zenith12 3 aug
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    • Well one is for a shitty depressing music that people who fuck there cousins listen to, and the other is for country
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    • Fiddles have flatter Bridges and shorter necks
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    • It’s a fiddle
      An1R 3 aug
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    • Fiddle is a term for a handheld stringed instrument played with a bow, most commonly a violin, to play folk music
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    • I prefer fiddle myself
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    • One is for yuppies, the other is for Americans
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    • *opossum
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    • Violins have masters but fiddles have grandmasters.
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    • The difference: you spill beer on your fiddle. You spill wine on your your violin.
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    • Bridge is curved
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    • You’ll never spill a beer on a violin
      xeanon6 3 aug
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    • the fiddle dances, the violin sings.
      MWea 2 aug
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    • If you are playing with more than one string at a time, it is considered a fiddle. If you only draw on one at a time, it is a violin.
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    • the difference between a violin and a fiddle is you wouldnt spill beer on a violin
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    • Opossum*
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    • The bridges (white piece of wood that holds the strings up) are shaped differently
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    • A fiddle has a shorter bridge, so the strings can be pressed easier, and the crown is smaller, so you can hit three strings with the bow and play chords.
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    • The difference is how you hold it. Violins rest on your chin/ shoulder. Fiddles rest on your arm.
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    • Imagine mispelling Opossum
      LTSouls 2 aug
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    • .
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    • violin? ha its all about the viola!
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    • Opossum
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    • This comment section is great
      focusdug 2 aug
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    • You can't play in Texas without a fiddle in the band
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    • Opossum!
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    • That’s about right
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    • One person plays it like an orchestra, the other burns a barn down
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    • Fiddles are played the cat
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    • i bet i could play the fiddle better than you
      Padbaar 2 aug
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    • This is now legal in 36 states
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    • The official difference is a fiddle was stained with whiskey
      JacobCoy 2 aug
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    • There is no difference. Everyone who says anything else is making shit up
      _Kiwi 2 aug
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    • It's a small contextual difference, on any other instrument they'd just specify the bridge type. Like, hard tail vs bigsby on guitars
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    • One wears a powdered wig and the other kicks the Devil's ass in Georgia
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