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

3110, 2016

10 Great Online Resources for Violists

Violists today are extremely lucky that most of the resources they could ever need can be found online. From sheet music to ordering a new bridge, the Internet has everything both the budding and professional violist needs. It is hard to imagine that only a few decades ago, musicians could only interact with those in their community to learn about the best teachers, practices, and products. Sometimes this information was in trade journals or classical music magazines, but it was still difficult to find. Now all of that information is a click away. Thankfully, people have consolidated all of that

2410, 2016

Bartók Viola Concerto Review

Bartók’s Viola Concerto is an amazing piece and was actually left unfinished by the composer Béla Bartók. Only rough, handwritten scratches of the concerto were found after the composer’s death, but the concerto was eventually completed finished by his close friend and has since found its way into the repertoire of every violist who is looking for a challenge. IMSLP Entry: http://imslp.org/wiki/Viola_Concerto_(Bart%C3%B3k,_B%C3%A9la)   History of Bartók’s Viola Concerto The Bartók Viola Concerto was commissioned by the virtuoso violist William Primrose in the winter of 1944. Bartók was not a well-known composer in the USA at

1710, 2016

Violists Really Are the Smartest

  No joke. This kid, Kwasi Enin, got into all eight Ivy League schools (that's Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, Yale...wow!) along with several other universities. Not only does he have an impressive academic track record (2250 on his SATs and 11 Advanced Placement courses), but he played viola in his high school orchestra as well! While he hasn't continued playing while at Yale, he has opted for one of the famous a capella groups called the Society of Orpheus and Bacchus. It didn't hurt that Enin wrote his college essays about music even though "he simply enrolled in orchestra to meet

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