2206, 2017

How to Prepare Your Viola for Summer

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Summer is upon us so it's time to get your viola ready for summer. In order to make sure your viola stays in perfect playing condition, we have provided a set of tips for you to consider as the temperatures and humidity increase this summer.   Watch the Humidity Unlike in the winter where the risk is low humidity, we have the opposite issue in the summer. With hot summer temperatures also comes high humidity, the kind that can wreck havoc on your precious viola. When humidity interacts with your viola, it can lead to two major problems: wood expansion and

706, 2017

Why do you need viola rosin?

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If you're a new viola player, you may have looked at that funny amber colored stuff that comes in your viola case and wondered what exactly it is. That stuff is viola rosin. What is rosin you might ask? It is the sticky stuff that allows your viola bow to make noise. By definition, rosin or colophony is a hardened tree sap (resin) fetched from one of the more than 110 different types of pine trees throughout Asia, Europe, New Zealand, and North America. This resin is applied on the viola bow to give it the required grip when drawing the

1304, 2017

Differences Between the Viola and Violin

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Violins and violas are magnificent instruments which you can hear in classical music, some pop songs, and other genres of music. Most people can easily recognize the differences between a viola and violin when the instruments are compared up-close, but when placed in an orchestra setting on-stage, most people cannot tell the difference. Only educated musicians know the real difference between the viola vs. violin. If you love classical music, or if you just want to understand the differences between these instruments, we are here to provide you with the knowledge to discern the main characteristics of these beautiful instruments,

704, 2017

How to Sell a Viola

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With the end of the school year coming soon, you may be wondering how to sell your viola. Whether you are trying to sell your viola at a store, online, or trading it in, you want to make sure you get the best price and deal with an honest buyer. Selling your viola can be a difficult process if you don't know where you can list your viola for sale or find buyers. While there isn't a lot of information on the Internet about how to sell your viola, we hope this guide will help you determine how and where to

1602, 2017

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 of the most important parts of the viola as they, when combined with a bow, ultimately produce the beautiful tones that violas are known for so it is therefore it is vital for you to pick the best viola strings. Given the wide variety of violas available and the uniqueness inherent in each viola,

1402, 2017

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 for an electric viola is a very different experience than shopping for a regular viola. Whereas sound quality plays a huge role in buying a regular viola, it is not as important of a factor for electric violas because all of the sound travels through electric wires and is amplified anyway. So instead of