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10 Best Viola Strings Review 2017

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It's a New Year so we have a new ranking of the best viola strings! Our rankings have changed slightly from last year due to additional testing we did. In particular, our number one viola string recommendation changed this year to Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold. Strings are one

10 Best Electric Violas Review

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Buying an electric viola is a great life decision. Electric violas are stylish, "cool," and downright fun to play. Since electric violas are harder to find at local music shops and usually must be purchased online, we have consolidated a list below of the best electric violas. Shopping

D Z Strad Viola Model 101 Review

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The D Z Strad Viola Model 101 is the ideal viola for the intermediate viola player. This viola is most popular amongst teachers, students, and expert musicians. The D Z Strad brand has won our rating as the best intermediate viola brand in both our 2017 best

8 Best Viola Brands Review 2017

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Buying a viola is a complicated process so you need to know what viola brand to buy. You need to buy a viola brand that is known for high quality workmanship. Quality is shown through the external beauty of the instrument and also the sound. Our list is

Cecilio CVA-500 Viola Review

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Are you looking for a student viola? Look no further than the Cecilio CVA-500 - a teacher approved viola. The viola is even suitable for the intermediate player. Cecilio is an old time favorite when it comes to making violins and violas as they produce quality instruments

Bartók Viola Concerto Review

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Bartók’s Viola Concerto is an amazing piece and was actually left unfinished by the composer Béla Bartók. Only rough, handwritten scratches of the concerto were found after the composer’s death, but the concerto was eventually completed finished by his close friend and

Top 10 Best Viola Colleges 2016

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College application season is ramping up quickly and we here at Viola Central want to make sure that you know which colleges are the best for viola performance. Choosing the right viola college is an important step that can shape your career forever, so we've compiled a list

Cecilio CVA-400 Viola Review

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Cecilio violas are one of the most well-known beginner viola brands and consistently our #1 rated beginner viola brand. The Cecilio CVA-400 in particular is our recommended viola for new violists because of the quality of the instrument and the value of the traditional outfit. While one

6 Best Viola Mutes

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A viola mute is a small accessory, usually made of rubber, that attaches to the bridge of a viola and "mutes" the viola by dampening the higher notes. This makes the sound much more mellow than usual. Below we'll discuss the best viola mutes you can buy. Mutes are

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Ballet Review

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Romeo and Juliet by Prokofiev is definitely a piece that should be in every violists repertoire and we highly recommend including it in your next recital. The more romantic scenes take advantage of the full expressive range of the viola (and in