There are four instruments in the string family – from highest to lowest, they’re violin, viola, cello and double bass and they are the main instruments in an orchestra, usually played by drawing a horsehair ‘bow’ across the strings. Pianos and guitars also have strings, but they don’t count. We’re talking violin – viola – cello – double bass.

You’ll find string instruments everywhere – they’re the classic sound of Bollywood film scores, Romany folk and lush film scores. Ballad rock without a string section? Impossible.

We teach the violin, viola, cello and double bass in schools across the borough and at Newham Music Academy our after-school and Saturday music centre. To enquire about lessons please email or call us on 020 3598 6260.

Find out more about each instrument below.

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