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Somebody called my bass a violin today

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Jon_West, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. Jon_West


    Jan 8, 2009
    GTA, Ontario
    I'll take guitar... even cello.
    but violin!?
  2. guroove


    Oct 13, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    Do you play a hofner?
  3. You should bust out The Devil Went Down to Georgia next time.
  4. Jon_West


    Jan 8, 2009
    GTA, Ontario
    No, a Curbow.


    It is fretless, so maybe that's what confused 'em. :scowl:
  5. Gopherbassist


    Jan 19, 2008
    You'd take cello but not violin? You know a cello is a violin, right?
  6. TortillaChip520


    Jun 3, 2008
    "I would even take fiddle, but not violin!!"
  7. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I'll take cello but not bass guitar!
  8. Ar? Same family, but violin's a little tucked under your chin instrument, and cello is an upright, lower register instrument...
  9. Jon_West


    Jan 8, 2009
    GTA, Ontario
  10. Gopherbassist


    Jan 19, 2008
    Cello. Short for violoncello. It's a violin.
  11. Horseradish is a horse. :ninja:
  12. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Terrible analogy. He's probably technically right. It can always be debated, but I like to learn towards "eeeh....who cares?" A rose by any other name...
  13. hahahahaha

    i'd have to agree. i don't think a cello is a violin.
  14. itsalljustaride


    Sep 23, 2009
  15. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Don't joke about that stuff. My calculus teacher can prove it.
  16. itsalljustaride


    Sep 23, 2009
    According to wikipedia :)ninja:), he isn't even technically right.

    "The name Cello is an abbreviation of the Italian violoncello, which means "little violone", referring to the violone ("big viol"), the lowest-pitched instrument of the viol family, the group of string instruments that were superseded by the violin family."


    Then there's this page, which completely contradicts itself:


    Seems like it'd be more accurate to call them both "violas". If a "violoncello" means "little/big viola" and "violin" means "little viola", then how is a cello a violin? How can a cello be a "little/big/little viola" which is what you'd end up with semantically?
  17. paganjack


    Dec 25, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Well that's wikipedia for you. For the record, the cello is part of the violin family, not the viol family. Part of the problem seems to arise from the fact that viola/violone was originally just a generic term for a stringed instrument.
  18. itsalljustaride


    Sep 23, 2009
    Yeah. It looks like at some point the term "violin family" simply became the preferred nomenclature, which makes for some bizarre semantic extrapolations.
  19. xxfaux_punkxx


    Mar 18, 2010
    I get in trouble for using wiki as a refference in my college.... I even think the creator of the sight started a disclaimer about it.
  20. Gopherbassist


    Jan 19, 2008
    No, it's a large radish like tuber. It is named for its size as compared to a radish, as one would compare a horse to a person.

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