A succinct explanation of the difference between a violin and a fiddle

by Mr. Sheehy

“What is the difference between a violin and a fiddle?” And the honest answer is: nothing. They are really one and the same. The distinction lies in the attitude of the person playing it and the context in which it is played. . . . If you are totally at ease and having the time of your life, you are most likely playing a fiddle. If you are plagued by feelings of inadequacy and can’t sleep at night because you will never be good enough–violin. (153)

In Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die, David Crowder and Mike Hogan capture perfectly the stress of so many students I have seen through the years. These poor kids don’t even realize the resolution to their problems is to quit trying to play the violin and taking up the fiddle!

This woman obviously has been playing a violin.

This woman has obviously been playing a violin.

This man is clearly a fiddler.

This man is clearly a fiddler.

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