| What is the name of the musical instrument that looks kind of like a violin but has more strings?

What is the name of the musical instrument that looks kind of like a violin but has more strings?

Obamas Shoes asked:


I’ve seen it in Scandinavian countries. I think it has eight strings and it is held like a violin when played.

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6 Responses to “What is the name of the musical instrument that looks kind of like a violin but has more strings?”

  1. IRonButterfree♂ on May 21st, 2009 3:39 am

    I think it may be the viola?

    Edit, actually I think it’s called a “Nyckelharpa”
    Here is an image:

  2. Brandy S on May 27th, 2009 11:06 am

    a mandolin?

  3. Batman on May 29th, 2009 5:33 pm

    It’s called a Bouzouki, I think. Check the link to see if this is what you’re talking about.

  4. techfiddle on May 29th, 2009 10:02 pm

    Hardanger Fiddle

  5. the2nd2fall on June 1st, 2009 4:29 pm

    Okay, first off its definitely NOT a cello. lol The cello is one of the more common stringed instruments in a string orchestra.. It has 4 strings, and is far larger though of similar shape. A viola is similar to a violin in its appearance and its holding, but this too has 4 strings. The instrument I believe you are referring to is called a Hardingfele. Its an 8 stringed instrument from Norway(approx.) it has a cool chorus effect similar to a 12 string guitar, except bowed. Sorry if this isn’t what you are looking for.

  6. jrldev@sbcglobal.net on June 4th, 2009 5:25 pm

    You may be thinking of the Scandinavian Fiddles
    Norway’s “hardingfele” or “hardinger” fiddle is he shape of the violin but with a sligtly shorter neck.

    What makes it different is that the fingerboard and bridge are much flatter than the violin’s making bowing of more than one string the norm-producing a drone effect- and the fact that it is enhanced by the presence of four or five sympathtic (pairs) strings.

    The violin family used in symphony orchestras -violin-viola-violoncello-double bass all have four single strings