How do I choose a good viola?

When choosing a viola look for specific traits, such as:

  1. Quality tonewoods—the viola should feature a Spruce wood belly (top plate), and include other woods like maple and ebony.
  2. Tight Construction—Like the violin, the fittings have an influence in the sound quality.

What is good about the viola?

Reduces stress and calms your senses A viola produces a warmer sound compared to the violin but has almost the same size and can be played almost the same way as the latter. Because of this, it helps you reduce stress, decrease your heart rate, and calm your senses.

Who wrote music for viola?

In the earlier part of the 20th century, more composers began to write for the viola, encouraged by the emergence of specialized soloists such as Lionel Tertis. Englishmen Arthur Bliss, York Bowen, Benjamin Dale, and Ralph Vaughan Williams all wrote chamber and concert works for Tertis.

Is the violin or viola better?

The Violin has a bigger repertoire than the Viola So, with its lower voice and mellow tone, the Viola is less composed for. Composers, with, of course, many counterexamples, have strongly preferred the easy route. They have composed most of the solo repertoire for violin.

Which is easier violin or viola?

The viola is easier to learn for a beginner; if you can play the violin, you can also play the viola. There is far less competition with the viola, making it much easier to get a spot in an orchestra.

How much should a viola cost?

Good Quality Beginner Violas ($700-$1500) Intermediate Violas ($1500-$5000) Advanced Violas ($5000-$10000) Professional Violas ($10000+)

What is the most famous viola piece?

The 7 best pieces EVER written for the viola

  • Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata.
  • Berlioz: Harold in Italy.
  • Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante.
  • Walton: Viola Concerto.
  • Strauss: Don Quixote.
  • Bartók: Viola Concerto.
  • Schumann: Märchenbilder.

Are violas more expensive than violins?

Usually, violas are more expensive than violins within the same quality range. Since the viola is larger than the violin, it costs a bit more, though usually not that much more. A slightly more expensive price might be also caused by supply and demand since not as many violas are sold compared to violins.

What are some famous viola pieces?

Below are 10 viola pieces you should know.

  • W.A. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, K.364.
  • Robert Schumann: Märchenbilder, Op.
  • Johannes Brahms: Sonatas for Viola and Piano, Op.120, Nos.
  • Brahms: Two Songs for Alto, Viola and Piano, Op.
  • Hector Berlioz: Harold in Italy.
  • Richard Strauss: Don Quixote.

What is the best viola for beginners?

Student Violas. Normally made by machine,student violas are crafted specifically for beginners.

  • Intermediate Violas. The quality and workmanship of an intermediate viola is higher than a student viola,and they’re crafted mostly (if not entirely) by hand.
  • Professional Violas.
  • What is the best viola brand?

    The MA250 Viola by Mendini comes with a bow,rosin,case,bridge,and strings. It is available in 4 colors; natural,white,blue,and satin.

  • The Cecilio CVA-400 is available in five sizes; from 12-inches up to 16.5 inches.
  • Available in five sizes and each size costs you below$180 – as low as 100 bucks!
  • What are the best viola strings?

    D’Addario Prelude Viola String.

  • Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Gold Viola String.
  • Thomastik-Infeld 141 Dominant Synthetic Core Viola String.
  • JYsun Viola String.
  • Dr Thomastik Dominant Viola String.
  • QINGGE Viola String.
  • MI&VI PEAK Premium Viola String.
  • Larsen up to 16.5″ Viola A String.
  • Generic 14“ inch Viola String.
  • Super Sensitive Red Label 4127 Viola D String.
  • Who are the best viola players?

    Carl Stamitz (1745-1801)

  • Lionel Tertis (1876-1975)
  • William Primrose (1904-1982)
  • Nobuko Imai (b. 1943)
  • Yuri Bashmet (b. 1953)
  • Lawrence Power (b. 1978)