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,

704, 2017

How to Sell a Viola

With the end of the school year coming soon, you may be wondering how to sell your viola. Whether you are trying to sell your viola at a store, online, or trading it in, you want to make sure you get the best price and deal with an honest buyer. Selling your viola can be a difficult process if you don't know where you can list your viola for sale or find buyers. While there isn't a lot of information on the Internet about how to sell your viola, we hope this guide will help you determine how and where to

1602, 2017

Best Viola Strings Review

It's a New Year so we have a new ranking of the best viola strings! Our rankings have changed slightly from last year due to additional testing we did. In particular, our number one viola string recommendation changed this year to Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold. 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 is therefore it is vital for you to pick the best viola strings. Given the wide variety of violas available and the uniqueness inherent in each viola,

2301, 2017

D Z Strad Viola Model 101 Review

The D Z Strad Viola Model 101 is the ideal viola for the intermediate viola player. This viola is most popular amongst teachers, students, and expert musicians. The D Z Strad brand has won our rating as the best intermediate viola brand in both our 2017 best viola brands and 2016 best viola brands rankings. When compared to other intermediate violas, the Model 101 is reasonably priced at about $400 for a complete viola outfit. When you set your eyes on this beauty for the first time, you will be surprised at the great amount of detail and thought D

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