1908, 2017

How to Get Musical Instrument Insurance for Your Viola

Buying a viola can be a fun experience, no matter if it's your first or tenth viola. However, losing your wonderful sounding viola due to theft or damage can be detrimental. Not only can it cost thousands of dollars to replace or repair, but you'll lose valuable time practicing. That's where musical instrument insurance comes into play. Below you'll learn how you can get viola insurance so that you are sure that your precious instrument is protected. Insuring your viola is the best move you can take to ensure that you get back to playing quickly in case your instrument is

2707, 2017

Famous Viola Players

While one of the lesser known instruments today, the viola used to be extremely popular. In fact, many people known as composers today were originally famous viola players. These include Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Glinka, Hindemith and many more. Some of the most famous viola pieces were written by these composers. These composers were not, however, the most famous viola players throughout history. Below we talk about seven of the most famous viola players. William Primrose (1904 - 1982) Primrose lived in the 20th Century during which he was known to be a world-class viola teacher and performer.

2507, 2017

Best Viola Cases 2017

Violas are very delicate instruments that can get scratched or broken very easily since they are carefully constructed from fragile wood. Despite how careful you may be with your viola, it's likely to get injured or broken if you don't protect it well. In order to protect your viola from any major damage, you will want to buy a high-quality and durable viola case. Below we have evaluated the 8 best viola cases so that you can protect your viola with the highest quality case. When picking your viola case, keep in mind the main way you will be transporting your viola.

2206, 2017

How to Prepare Your Viola for Summer

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?

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

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,