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.

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 (and in

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

7 Best Viola Brands Review 2016

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This is our 2016 best viola brands rankings. See our new best viola brands rankings updated for 2017. The viola is known for its deep, mellow tone which makes buying the right viola paramount. You need to buy a viola brand that is known for high quality workmanship that

10 Best Viola Strings Review

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This is our 2016 best viola strings rankings. See our new best viola strings rankings updated for 2017. 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

Viola: Neglected No Longer

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Finally the viola gets to shine! BBC interviewed Brett Dean, former member of the Berlin Philharmonic's viola section, about why he likes the viola and how it has taken a prominent role on-stage in orchestras around the world. As more of a promo for his Viola Concerto

Best Viola Brands for Beginners and Students

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Beginner viola players need an instrument that is both ready-to-play out-of-the-box and is cost-effective since they may not continue playing for long. Our comprehensive list of beginner viola brands below has been evaluated by our staff to ensure that they are both beginner- and budget-friendly. Each of

Why Are Viola Jokes so Short?

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Why are viola jokes so short? So violinists can understand them.