Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce the viola (pictured right). It is a wonderful instrument given to mankind by God to assist with harmonies that other string instruments can’t produce. It is not a violin, it is not a cello. It is a viola. Let me explain.
The viola looks a violin. Yes. It looks like a cello. Yes. BUT it does not sound like a violin, nor does it sound like a cello. It’s right in between. However, really good violas can possibly sound like cellos (but there’s a distinct difference). Violas are bigger than violins, deeper in tone, and they don’t have an e-string (the smallest string to the far right of the violin). Instead they have a c-string, which is located on the far left side of the viola (or the string with the red thread tied around the bottom). Violas vary in size more than violins; the bigger the viola, the deeper the tone. Naturally, having long fingers and/or big hands is a plus when playing viola. I, unfortunately, have neither yet I still play this wonderful instrument.
I love the viola because it has a warm tone that makes me feel absolutely happy. It’s not the best solo instrument, but even so it sounds beautiful when played alone. I may be a bit biased because I’ve been playing viola for quite a while (I didn’t start on violin), but I like the violin and cello too in their own way. Viola isn’t a common instrument, so I don’t get upset when someone asks me what a viola is. The tedious part is trying to explain what it is.
Do I still play? Yes. Sometimes. I don’t play as often because I don’t want to get tendonitis. Being a 4’11” female with small hands and fingers, tendonitis will come to me faster than other players. I may have to switch over to violin for a while, but I don’t mind. Well, maybe a little bit. That e-string…
Want to hear?
I will probably never sound this good…