Violins, though small in stature, stand as one of the most iconic instruments not only in orchestral applications, but music as a whole. Precise, emotive, and powerful are just a few terms that come to mind when describing the ability of a violin to evoke the deepest blues or the most passionate reds. A crown jewel in an orchestra, fiddles are also a favorite in folk and bluegrass, with indie composers like Andrew Bird and arena acts Mumford and Sons incorporating the fabled fiddle into their mix. Whether you're writing a concerto or strumming next to a jug player, violins exude emotion and power.