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Top 10 Best Viola Colleges

October 14th, 2016|Categories: General Viola, Reviews|Tags: , , |

College application season is ramping up quickly and we here at Viola Central want to make sure that you know which colleges are the best for viola performance. Choosing the right viola college is an important step that can shape your career forever, so we've compiled a list

Budgeting for a Viola

August 16th, 2016|Categories: General Viola|Tags: , |

Violas are expensive, there's no denying that. Even if you are renting a viola, the monthly bills add up quickly. In order to help you budget for a viola, we have laid a basic guide to make sure you are making the most of your money and can

The 10 Worst Things About Playing Viola

August 11th, 2016|Categories: General Viola|Tags: |

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

August 7th, 2016|Categories: General Viola|Tags: , |

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

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

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?

July 14th, 2016|Categories: General Viola|Tags: , , |

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

Can I Fly with a Viola as Carry-On?

June 27th, 2016|Categories: General Viola|Tags: , |

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