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Electric Violin Style and Sounds

Electric Violin emerged in the late 20th century.  It started with violinists using transducer pickups to amplify their traditional instruments so they could be heard in bands that used other electric instruments and drums. The instruments have since evolved into radical variations, but most electric violins have at least 5 strings instead of the traditional 4.  The 5th string is usually tuned to C which is a 3rd below the low E on a guitar.  This enables the electric violin to cover the violin and viola range with one instrument.

Electric Violinists typically use digital and analog effects to process their signal, similar to electric guitarists.  Dedicated solid body instruments became available in the 1960’s which made amplification without resonant feedback significantly less problematic at higher volume levels. The clean tone of these instruments does not have the harmonic complexity of acoustic instruments, but that was an acceptable trade off for reduced feedback and visual impact.  

Because violin is a fretless instrument it has ultimate flexibility for bending into and out of notes.  When applying distortion this rivals electric guitar for expressive urgency.  Pitch modulation effects like wide chorus are not used quite as extensively as other effects in electric violin, simply because intonation is done by ear rather than by fret.  Distortion, Octaver, Harmonizer, Delay, Reverb and Phaser are among the effects favoured by electric violinists.

Electric Violin Characteristics:

  • Clean tones sound very direct with minimal acoustic overtones

  • Signal processing widely used

  • No rules for technique however classical approach of full bow use and upper position shifts is common

Free Electric Violin Loops and Samples

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The Free Electric Violin Loops below were selected from the extensive ViolinLoops Loop Library. All of the ViolinLoops available from our Loop Library are AppleLoops. This means they are high quality AIF and will automatically snap to your session key and tempo settings if you are using Apple Logic or Garage Band.

No worries if you’re on PC and using a different software DAW, AIF files import as high resolution audio in to all current recording software, regardless of platform. The embedded AppleLoop meta data doesn’t apply on PC, but the Original Key and Tempo of all the loops appears at the beginning of every file name making it easy to stay organized.  

If you do want to easily convert these files to any other format, there is a brilliant free audio conversion utility called Audacity.  This free app is awesome and has a built in batch processor for converting multiple files in one go.

You can use any of the efiddler ViolinLoops royalty free in any composition, even for commercial purposes!  Simply list "efiddler on violin" in your album credits. The only prohibited use of any or our loops is re-selling them on their own. As long as you use them within your song it is all good, no problem.  

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Featured Styles and Free Sample Links

String Samples

String players intonate notes precisely while liberally applying vibrato which typically rolls below the intended pitch. This gives ensembles that lush chorus effect.

Celtic Fiddle

The defining characteristics of Celtic Fiddle are the rapid, rhythmic bow articulations and rolling note ornamentations on either side of the melody note.

Gypsy Violin

Gypsy Violin often uses harmonic minor or double harmonic minor Byzantine tonalities combined with wider emotive vibrato.

Country Fiddle

Country Fiddle is unique stylistically because the players often slide into the intended notes. Rhythmic sawing bow paterns give this style it’s characteristic propulsion.

Cajun Fiddle

Cajun music is dance music plain and simple. This style is all about bow rhythms and open notes are often dragged along with the melody notes to add gumbo. 

Electric Violin

Electric Violinists often use digital and analog effects the same way electric guitarists would. Fretless violin gives the ultimate flexibility for bending into and out of notes.