Parts of a violin
It's important to know every aspect of your Violin to further your ability to learn at a faster pace and make adustments for your personal style and approach.. Memorize all the parts of both your Fiddle and your bow. Involve yourself in learning every facet of your chosen instrument.
Bridge Placement: If perchance, you just received a new Violin, most likely, the bridge is removed for safety during shipping. To place your bridge, look for the lower side of the bridge (with the shortest height) and place it towards the treble strings (thinner strings). The taller side of the bridge goes towards the bass end (thicker strings). Now carefully place the underneath the strings at the estimated point of location...Raise the bridge slowly up...if the bridge cannot be raised up completely, due to the tautness of the strings...loosen the strings further until the bridge fits comfortably under the strings. Look for four small notches on top of the bridge; make sure each string is reides in the respective slots. After the bridge is raised to full height, and the strings are in their respective slots, now you're ready to move it to its proper position. To do this, look for the triangular notches located at the center of each f-hole. Both sides of the bridge should match up directly with these notches. If you were to draw a line from notch to notch, the top of the bridge would follow it perfectly. Double check and make sure the bridge is now placed directly between the small notches located on each F-Hole. Tune up the strings to ensure that the bridge no longer moves. The bridge will normally be in a very slightly backward tilt position. Sometimes, while tuning up after placing the bridge, the bridge will begin to tilt forward. This is easily remedied by pulling the bridge back with both hands until it appears to be tilting slightly back towards the tailpiece. After readjusting the bridge, be sure to check your tuning once again.