A musical instrument of the string family. Basically it consists of a formed, resonating box over which are suspended a fingerboard and four tightened strings. The player holds the larger end under the chin and the opposite end in the hand. Meanwhile, the other hand draws a bow over the strings to make them vibrate; alternately, this strings can be plucked. Said vibrations are amplified in the resonator.
The violin produces notes in the treble range. It may be played with the performer sitting (usually in a chamber or orchestra setting) or standing (often in a solo context). In folk or country music settings, the instrument is often labeled "fiddle."