About The Viola

For those looking for a deeper tone than the Violin, and an instrument not studied as often, Viola might be the instrument for you. The Viola sounds all of the beautiful harmonies, and steps out in solo material as well. Maybe you’re a little taller with a longer reach and you want a slightly bigger instrument than Violin. Or maybe you just want to be different. Viola is a good choice.

Purchase Price: $300-$250,000 New
Rental Price: $10-30.00 per month
How Loud Is It?: 88 dbl.
Difficulty Level: 9
Can the Sound be Muted?:
There are 2 types of mutes....
1. a "regular" mute softens the instrument sound for performing purposes as notated per composer request.
2. The other is actually called a "practice mute" and deadens the sound, great for soft practice.

Weight: 16 oz.
Additional costs, What else you’ll need: Replacement strings.  a bow, (can be very expensive) rosin for the bow.
Scholarship Opportunities: Yes.
Performing Opportunities: Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, Broadway Shows, Pop, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, TV and Movie Scores  

Pros: Popular in many different styles of music. Might be considered the top of the food chain in the Orchestra.
Cons: Hard to play, harder to master. Very competitive. Top of the line professional instruments very expensive.

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