nederlands / english

The strings of a vdg are made of gut. The lower 3 strings of the bvdg are gut wound with metal (usually silver), the upper 4 are plain gut strings. The tuning can therefore change quite easily; heat or draught can affect the strings considerably. Because of these gut strings the pizzicato technique is different to that on a violin or cello.

Because of the tuning and the two D and A strings, the sound of a vdg has a lot of resonance and overtones. This  also creates very long sounding, resonating natural harmonics.