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When people say that viola and double bass are too small for their range, what does it mean?

A violin doesn't resonate to just ONE particular pitch. The wood and the air in the body cavity certainly have resonant peaks, but there are lots of them, and a good violin is designed so that any ...
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When people say that viola and double bass are too small for their range, what does it mean?

The explanation of instrument size with relation to pitch is mostly relevant for the lowest notes it plays, not as much for overlapping notes. Also instrument size goes hand in hand with instrument ...
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Is there an ideal size for viola?

That depends on the definition of "ideal." To achieve the tone quality of a violin but tuned a fifth downward would require a viola about 3/2 the size of a violin. (About 26 Inches long.) ...
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When people say that viola and double bass are too small for their range, what does it mean?

... (if we assume that the violin has the perfect size for its pitch) means what the viola should be one and a half times as big as the violin. Normally, it's smaller than that, which means it's too ...
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What is this viola music notation symbol?

The online Dolmetsch shows a similar symbol, minus the horizontal line, as a 'snap pizzicato," aka "Bartok pizz." Seeing as the referenced score (PDF) has no publisher given, let alone ...
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