What’s the difference between a fiddle and violin?

Who cares? Neither one is a ukulele!

ukulele connection holiday concert

Okay, because I’m a librarian…

There is no difference between a fiddle and a violin.

According to johnsonstring.com, “A violin and a fiddle are the same four-stringed instrument, generally played with a bow, strummed, or plucked. They are identical in their physical appearance. What distinguishes a violin from a fiddle is the style of music that is played on the instrument; it’s all in how you play it.

The term violin is most often associated with classical music, orchestras, symphonies, and chamber music. Fiddle, in contrast, is associated with a wide variety of music styles including Cajun, bluegrass, folk, and country.”

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The Only Stupid Question Is the One You Don’t Ask

That said…

It’s Ask a Stupid Question Day!

Burning Questions

Got any burning questions? … See what I did there?

Originally started by teachers in order to encourage their students to be curious and to think about and question the things around them, it translates quite nicely to a library setting.

Teachers in school teach in a proactive way, planning ahead of time what their students will learn and the best way to accomplish said learning. Librarians teach too, but we’re more reactive than proactive. We don’t plan out what knowledge to impart to people. We wait for them to come to us looking for a specific piece of knowledge and we either find it for them or help them to find it for themselves. So what better place to ask a “stupid” question than at a library?!

When did synchronized swimming become an Olympic sport? What are the origins of “Tuesday”? Why can’t I give my dog chocolate? What happened to the dinosaurs? What time is it in Dublin? Why do you drive on parkways and park on driveways? Whatever question you’ve got, come in to the library today and we will either find you an answer or do our level best to point you in the right direction.

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Computer ClassI’m assuming that most of our blog readers probably have the basics down, but if you don’t, or you know someone who doesn’t, don’t hesitate to register for one or both of our introductory classes today.