Bobby

About Bobby

Bobby has been playing the viola for over 17 years and performs in several orchestras around the Richmond, VA area. His favorite viola piece is Romance Oubliée.

This Week in Violas – August 14

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Continuing on with our "This Week in Violas" series, we have several interesting viola tidbits to share.   British Airways Denies Cello Entry Due to Visa Requirement We've covered carrying your viola with you on flights before, but this takes that discussion to a whole new level. British

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

The 10 Worst Things About Playing Viola

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Considering taking up the viola this year? Think again. Classic FM did a great job summarizing why playing the viola might not be the best choice for you. Violists are often tormented because no one understands why they exist. It's certainly an existential crisis for many violists.

Why I Chose Viola

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I often get asked why I chose the viola and the answer is very simple: my elementary school strings teacher played the Star Wars theme on the viola when I was in fourth grade. Even the Jaws theme on the cello was not enough to win me

Buying a Viola Checklist

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With the school season right around the corner, it's important to  know what to look for when buying or renting a viola. Besides the viola itself, there are a number of accessories necessary to play the viola properly and comfortably. We cover the various accessories below, which include: the bow,

Should I Rent or Buy a Viola?

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With rental season starting soon, you may be wondering whether you should buy a new viola or rent one. The answer is not simple and usually requires weighing not only the upfront monetary cost, but whether the student will continue playing for years to come or stop three months

This Week in Violas – July 3

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Happy Fourth of July weekend! Hope you all are enjoying time with your families or on grand adventures like I currently am. This week will kick off our bi-weekly summary of what is happening around the world and Internet regarding the beloved viola. We will keep you

Can I Fly with a Viola as Carry-On?

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The short answer is yes, but different airlines have different guidelines. Air Canada has received a lot of flack the past few years when it first banned violas from traveling as carry-on luggage only to reverse its stance a few weeks later. Given that the airline already had

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

Best Viola Jokes

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Violas have always been the butt of viola jokes since first violins came into existence. According to WikiPedia, "The viola jokes are thought to have originated from the 18th century when the part of the viola was very uncomplicated and often just a filler part, thus attracting