The viola is the very similar to the violin, but is slightly larger. It has a lower tone that provides a beautiful harmony in the orchestra. Like all stringed instruments, you make a sound on the viola by dragging the horsehair of the bow (that has an adequate amount of rosin applied) across the strings with your right hand, which causes them to vibrate. The body of the viola serves as a resonator for that sound. Notes are changed by placing the fingers of your left hand in different positions on the fingerboard.

Violas have the capability of playing very fast and exciting music, but with their lush and lovely tone, they also can play expressive melodies beautifully. They are often used to accompany other strings in smaller groups.

Viola is not a hard instrument to learn to play, but it does take some practice!

Why Should I Choose the Viola?

Among the many good reasons to choose the viola are:

  • Viola makes a beautiful and soothing sound. 
  • Violas play all kinds of music from fiddle tunes to classical music. 
  • The viola is small and easy to carry. 
  • Many beautiful tunes were written specifically for the viola. 
  • Viola is fun to play in groups, such as duets and ensembles, and sounds great with other strings or wind instruments. 
  • There are usually many college scholarships available for viola players! 

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