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Buying a Viola Checklist

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, the case, the shoulder rest, the chin rest, extra strings, rosin, and tuners. Make sure that when you select your new viola, you get the accessories, too! The Viola The viola

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Featured, General Viola|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Should I Rent or Buy a Viola?

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 into starting. My parents personally bought me a used viola straight out of the classifieds for $80 with no idea whether I'd continue playing. Sure enough, seventeen years later and I'm still playing

By | July 14th, 2016|Categories: General Viola|Tags: , , |5 Comments

This Week in Violas – July 3

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 up-to-date on all things viola, from specific performances to viola mishaps or the latest viola joke. An Imperfect Instrument by Jennifer Stumm We first want to call attention to

By | July 4th, 2016|Categories: Weekly Updates|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Can I Fly with a Viola as Carry-On?

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 a history of destroying valuable violas, this stance by Air Canada seemed odd to begin with. We at Viola Central fly with violas frequently, but try to fly under the radar (see what we

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: General Viola|Tags: , |1 Comment

Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Ballet Review

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 a couple of cases, two violas) and the complete dramatic arsenal of the pianist. The "Dance of the Knights" is amazing since it showcases the different sounds a viola can make through

By | June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Music Reviews, Reviews|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Best Viola Jokes

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 musicians who were not usually very talented either musically or intellectually." I play the viola so I have had to listen to these viola jokes for the bulk of my viola career and they have

By | June 21st, 2016|Categories: Viola Jokes|Tags: , , |16 Comments