Play the Viola for Beginners

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Overview

You're watching VisiHow. This is a set of tutorial videos on playing the viola.

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    Sophie, a Tbilisi State Conservatory student, will demonstrate how to play the viola.
    In the following presentations, we are going to be conducting tutorials about viola. Sophie will be showing different viola techniques in the next 33 videos, which will include tuning the viola, holding the bow properly, many expressions, such as ponticello, legato, staccato, and detache. At the end of the tutorial series, we will be playing a sample song that will help to identify all of the techniques and expressions that we have used in our video tutorials.
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    The tutorials are split into two large sections:
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Video: Play the Viola for Beginners Overview

Choosing the Instrument

This is a video tutorial on how to buy or rent a viola.

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    There are several types of violas out there with a large price range.
    Violas can cost from something as low as a hundred to thousands of dollars. Make sure the viola you are purchasing or renting is in a good condition and all of the components are intact. The F holes should be in a good shape. The soundboard, the bridge, the strings, the fingerboard, the pegs, and different components of the instrument should be in a good condition.
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    The most important thing to note is that you need an instrument with a good sound, resonance, and acoustical value.
    You can check the instrument by playing it at a beginner level and then at an advanced level. You need to understand the tone, color, and sound of the instrument before making the final purchase. Please note that it is important both to play and to bring somebody who knows violas well, like a professor, to make your final decision.
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Viola Parts

This is a video tutorial on the anatomy of the viola.

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    A viola is comprised of several components.
    There is a fingerboard, where you put your fingers to play.
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    There are four different strings above the fingerboard.
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    There is a body of the viola.
    The body is basically one solid piece of wood. It has a front and back decks.
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    The decks have resonant holes and holes that define the tone of the sound.
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    At the bottom, there is a chin rest.
    This is where you put your chin to keep the viola in place.
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    At the top, there is a scroll and tuning pegs.
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    At the bottom of the back part, there is a shoulder rest.
    You can put your shoulder on it.
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    The shoulder and chin rests keep the instrument position.
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Applying Resin to the Viola Bow

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to apply resin to the viola bow.

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    Resin is a substance made from tree sap that lubricates the bow.
    Thus, it helps to protect the viola bow from damage while playing the viola.
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    A bow is composed of a frog, where fingers are placed, and a head, which is the end of the bow.
    Apply resin to the horse hairs, also known as the ribbon. Taking resin out of its package and start to lubricate the bow from its bottom.
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    Begin with a vertical motion.
    Move up and down. First, in order to get it smoothly across the bow.
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    Then, begin working in sections by rubbing the resin.
    Do it thoroughly but gently. Apply the resin to each part of the bow in order for the lubrication to spread across the area evenly. Always Remember to resin your bow before you begin playing to help to protect the bow from damage of excessive playing.
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Holding the Viola Correctly

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to hold the viola correctly.

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    To hold a viola correctly, make sure that your right arm is loose and that your right side is at ease.
    Make sure that everything: the fingers, the hand, the wrist, the arm, and the shoulder are completely relaxed and free.
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    There should be no tension or stress in your whole arm.
    When you begin to lift up your arm, bend your elbow to a 90-degree angle. Have your fingers facing your eyes and flex the fingers a little.
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    This is the position in which the viola is played.
    Ensure that all the fingers are relaxed. Now, pick up the viola and place the shoulder rest upon your shoulder. Remember not to lower your chin too much on the chin rest.
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    Place your fingers and flex them above the strings.
    The fingers should be relaxed. The fingers should be curled as if you are holding an apple. This apple would be upon the strings; so, bend your fingers.
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Video: Play the Viola for Beginners Holding the Viola Correctly

Holding the Viola Bow Correctly

This is a video tutorial on how to hold the viola bow properly.

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    Raise the right hand.
    This is the hand that holds the viola bow.
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    The whole hand should be completely relaxed.
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    All of the fingers should be completely relaxed.
    Make sure that there is no stiffness in your hand at all before holding the viola bow.
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    Once you hold the bow, the fingertips of the thumb and the second finger should touch each other in order to create a ring.
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    The first finger is extended to balance the bow.
    The fourth finger is placed at the top of the frog also to balance the end of the bow.
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    Remember to have not a completely firm hand and to be able to balance the bow properly.
    Now, raise your left hand to imitate holding the viola. This is how you should play it.
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Tuning the Viola

This is a video tutorial on how to tune the viola.

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    There are two ways to tune the instrument.
    You can tune a viola by using pegs at the top of the scroll or by using fine tuners below the bridge. Let's start with fine tuners below the bridge.
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    Adjusting the fine tuners below the bridge is the easiest way to tune your instrument if your instrument is a half tone down or a half tone up.
    This is owing to the fine tuners being able to adjust the pitch only a half step higher or lower. But the pegs on the scroll of the viola adjust the pitch freely. They go whole steps.
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    If your viola is out of tune, use the pegs in order to tune the pitch of the string up or down.
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    The fine tuners is the easiest way.
    Most professional players use fine tuners to tune their instruments.
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Achieving Good Sound

This is a video tutorial on how to develop a good sound on the viola.

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    In order to create a good sound on the viola, there are several things you must remember.
    Make sure your hands, head, neck, and shoulders are relaxed and free. Your body should be loose. Make sure that your feet are shoulder-width apart and that your shoulder blades are completely relaxed and free on your bow arm. Your bow arm should be very fluid and loose and have a certain type of freedom, as it needs this flexibility to bend and hold the bow and to play all of the different types of expressions. Don't press down on your bow too hard, or else it will make a terrible sound. You ought to have a good sound while playing. Listen to what you are playing. Remember not to press down onto your bow too hard, as it interferes with the sound. The pressure should be soft and light in order to produce a good sound. Your hand should be relaxed. It should not be stiff, and it should be very flexible. Also, vibration helps a lot.
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    Playing long tones will help you to identify the color and tone that you are making.
    You can correct the pitch if the note is not in tune.
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    To make a good sound, feel the resonance through the F holes.
    They give the acoustic tone to the note, and you need to understand and feel this. Absorb this titanic information in order to produce better quality of sound. Let's try again.
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    The notes should be full, and they should be in harmony with one another in order to sound complete and well.
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    To get a good sound, you must also have full control of your fingers and bow.
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Basic Fingering

This is a video tutorial on how to apply basic fingering to the viola.

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    There are fifteen different positions, including half tones, on the viola.
    Make sure that your fingers are relaxed and free. They should be curled up above the strings. Ensure that your thumb is loose, so it can move with the rest of your fingers.
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    Ascertain that you press down on the note hard in order for it to ring.
    Use the same technique for every note.
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    You should be firmly pressing down on the note.
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Playing Multiple Strings

This is a video tutorial on how to play multiple strings and notes at the same time on the viola.

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    On the viola you can play up to four notes on the instrument.
    You can build chords, octaves, or any other different types of accords. To play a chord or interval, place two or more fingers on the notes that you are going to play. Place the fingers firmly and remember to have your bow arm relaxed and to have your fingers curled in a proper hand position. Remember to press firmly down on the strings when you are using multiple fingers at the same time.
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Playing the C Major Arpeggio

This is a video tutorial on how to play the C major arpeggio on the viola.

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    This is an arpeggio starting at C that ascends from C to E, G, and C and goes back down again from C to G, E, and C.
    Let us play a three-octave arpeggio to demonstrate arpeggios on the viola. Remember to continue practicing to play your C major arpeggio perfect.
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Playing the C Chromatic Scale

This is a video tutorial on how to play the C chromatic scale on the viola.

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    Play the C chromatic scale by ascending and descending in half steps.
    Remember to keep a good tone and color and to achieve a good sound. Let's begin.
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    Continue practicing and making the C chromatic scale perfect.
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Questions and Answers

How do you make an animal noises on the viola? I am wondering if You could give me how to do a donkey noise?

I can't find any site that has how to make an animal noise on the viola. if you give me one please give me a easy one. I am not very advanced yet. you could give my a cow pig or horse noise that you can play on the viola. I really want to know how to play a horse noise so can you please give me that noise. I would really appreciate it if you would please give me how to do that. I can't find any other sites that can give that info

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