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Questions tagged [viola]

An instrument of the violin family, larger than the violin and tuned a fifth lower which plays on the alto clef generally. Middle voice of violin family.

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Viola Pinky Pain

I've watched carefully both how my instructor uses her pinky, and how others do so, and it seems to universally be comparatively straight at the second joint to make the stretch, with the first bent ...
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What is the difference between a 14" Viola and a 4/4 Violin? [duplicate]

What is the difference between a 14" Viola and a 4/4 Violin? Are they both the same but just different names? Is there any difference in standard tuning or strings used? Or any difference in ...
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Alternatives to gut for fretting a viol(a)

I bought a beginner's viola a while back with the intention of learning some, but we never really hit off. In the meantime I rented a bass viol for a while and really enjoyed this one. Since I can no ...
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Why is there no standardized size for violas?

Unlike other string instruments, there is no standard size for violas. Is there a particular reason why for violas?
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How would I play this on viola?

Violas have four strings, C,G,D and A, are an octave above cello and a fifth below violin. I don't understand how I would play the notes below low C on the sheet music. Should I just transpose the ...
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Limitations of String Instruments

Clarinet is my main instrument, but I also play the alto saxophone. I, a woodwind player, am attempting to compose a string quintet. My question is this: what are the physical limitations of the ...
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Can Sound post in a string instrument crack?

I recently tripped while holding my viola, and the bridge moved a little. I thought I was all good, because my teacher fixed it. Then I looked inside my instrument and realized that the sound post ...
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Are some viola tuning pegs the same size as 4/4 violin tuning pegs?

I know that adult size violas are sold by length in inches, (i.e. instead of 4/4, 7/8, etc.) and can vary to better fit the player. Are viola tuning pegs all the same diameter or do those have to ...
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Can a smaller viola be used as a violin?

My son plays the violin. Recently, we saw that someone in the neighborhood is selling a viola, I don't remember the exact size, perhaps it was 1/4. Is it possible to string the viola using violin ...
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Learning my first instrument

I’m 21 and about to finish college. Learning to play an instrument has always been a long standing lifelong dream of mine and pursuing it has finally started to look feasible in the foreseeable future....
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Which way do I tilt the bow hair?

I've been playing the viola for quite a few years. Recently I got a 16.5" viola and noticed that it was harder not to get a scratchy tone, especially on the A string. I noticed that tilting the bow ...
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Problem with my left hand's thumb in Viola

It's almost a year I'm playing Viola and my biggest problem is with my left hand's thumb. I cannot put it in a relaxed situation. Actually it will be contracted during the practice. My teacher told me ...
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Do the violas often play the same parts as the violins in an orchestra?

Are violas always part of an orchestra? How are they typically used? Do they often play the same parts as the violins to create a richer texture? I'm new to orchestration and have been wondering ...
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Loosen strings for long-term storage of violin?

Of course the bow should be loosened so it doesn't warp or break, and the violin strings should not be loosened so much that the sound post falls out, but should they be loosened at all for long-term ...
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What is the proper way to notate the end of a section played “sul ponticello”?

That is, what is the standard way to tell a string player to play normally again?
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Bow hold and broken thumb? Suggestions?

So it feels like I'm fighting the bow due to the angle of my thumb, it's not impossible but I could use a few pointers or suggestions. The standard bow hold is mildly ineffective for me.
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Can a 24-year-old learn to play violin/viola proficiently?

I've seen a few of these questions asked, but it seems like most of the students to be where just starting out in music. They didn't have limber fingers, couldn't read notes. That's not a bad thing ...
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Placement of F# on Alto Clef

For the past four or so years now, I have been playing the Viola. Y'all know what that means: Alto clef. Up until just a few weeks ago, I have always seen an F# displayed in a key signature like this: ...
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What does one slash through a half note stem AND 4 dots above it mean? [duplicate]

In a version of "Overture to Lucio Silla" by Mozart, half of the viola part of the song has half notes with a SINGLE slash through it, but 4 dots on the base part of every not (The circular part). ...
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Repertoire recommendation for beginning viola? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to look for in beginner etudes for a second instrument? [Stumbled upon this on meta. So I thought I'd attempt a trial by fire.] I just got a shipment of necessary ...
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Teaching rhythm to a beginner

I'm teaching viola to a beginner high school student. His progress with technique and reading are pretty good, but one thing he has trouble with is rhythm and tempo. He tends to want to work on ...
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What technical difficulties will I encounter transitioning from violin to 5-string viola?

What is harder to play, violin or viola? My question is should be completely agnostic, i.e. no relation to the classical repertoire or any other rep., nor should it be about the string order. The ...