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How to Buy a Viola

When it comes to buying charismatic music instruments such as the viola, it is never a one-size-fits-all matter. Unlike the violin, the viola does not come in a standard size. Even among violas of the same size, there might be differences in their sound due to their different details like strings, wood materials and so on. Amateur and professional violists have all encountered problems when getting the perfect fit – size, acoustics, projection and comfort. So how does one go about buying a viola? What are the areas one should look at?

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How to Buy a Viola Bow

In order to have a great sounding viola you need more than just the viola itself, you also need a high quality bow. Just like violas, there are numerous options out there for bows with different styles and specs.  It all comes down to what fits your needs and personal preferences.  A good combination of both will leave you with the perfect bow.  Below are a few of the main things to look for when buying a viola bow.

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Maintaining Your Viola

In addition to the importance of learning how to play, one needs maintain the quality of their viola.  Just like any other string or wood-based instrument, the viola is constantly exposed to different stresses such as string pressure and weather changes.  Here are a few things you need to check in order to keep your viola in its best playing shape.

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Learning the Viola

Just like any instrument out there, learning the viola can be quite the undertaking.  The hardest part is the very beginning.  Where do you start?  Do you need a teacher? How do you even find a teacher? What style do you learn?  These are all questions asked by a beginner violist.  To make things easier, let’s go through a few of the basic necessities when learning the viola.

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