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A four-stringed instrument that looks like a slighlty larger violin, but oncloser inpection its sound is more like that of a cello. Very smooth, mellow sound, but usually they get the shitty parts.
The viola sounds good but they never get any good music.
by Firstar November 22, 2003
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A glorious stringed instrument that creates a rich, warm tone when played, unlike the violin which can sound like someone is strangling a cat -- sometimes several cats. Either orchestras have barely any violas, or so many they have no idea what to do with all of them.
Hey, how big is your viola section?
About fifteen, this year.
Good, maybe you can drown out the violins. How many of them are there?
About sixteen.
Yes! We're coming up!
by Rachel C December 03, 2003
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One of the five major stringed instruments. Tuned in a middle register, exactly an octave higher than the cello. Music written primarily in alto clef, occasionally treble. The brunt of many, many jokes.
What do you do with a dead viola player? Move him back a desk.

But why are viola jokes so short? So violin players can understand them.
by Julia Anne November 29, 2005
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The world's GREATEST instrument when it comes to orchestras. Many people say that the viola is the target of most of the orchestra jokes, but the truth is that almost every joke has an insert instrument name herescenario. Besides, how could anyone hate violas? Violins are like Icing on a cake. It's nice, but if you have to much of it, you want to throw up. The 2nd best orchestra instrument is the Cello, the 3rd best is the bass, and the worst is the violin.
Studies show that the more violas you have in an orchestra, the better the orchestra is. The viola offers a rich sound, not as high pitched, screachy, and annoying as a violin, but higher than a cello and more portable. As an added bonus, it's easier to whack other people with it and its bow because both weigh more than a violin.
The only down side to a viola vs. a violin is that a violin can play fiddle/celtic music easier because it is lighter. Then again, most rock bands that incorporate orchestra/classical music into their songs use more violas than violins because they're cooler and deeper sounding. Oh, and by the way, for those of you that pronounce it "Vigh-ola", it's really pronounced "Vee-ola", so get it right, cuz it's really fuckin' annoying.
Person 1: What's the difference between violins and grapes?
Person 2: IDK, what?
Person 1: You have to take your shoes off to stomp on grapes.
Person 2: Fuck youm, I'm a violinist!
Person 1: *stomp* VIOLA PRIDE, BITCH!
by Hextacy July 07, 2006
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A four stringed instrument that kicks ass! Viola's RULE, violins only play high notes, viola's play those sweet low tunes that would make you fall asleep.
"Hey did you hear the viola's part?"

"Yeah, it was sooooooooo beautiful, while the violin's part completely broke my eardrums."
by eloisa November 17, 2003
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A beautiful instrument with a sexy tone and is way better than the whiney violin.
That viola is so sexy
by Mashawn December 15, 2005
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One of the most important instruments in the orchestra. Plays in the C Clef offering a bridge between the Bass and Treble Clef. It's the glue that holds the orchestra together as switching between the melody and harmony of the composition as order of making sure the orchestra stays together.

The viola, slightly larger than the violin offers deep and rich sound audible from the rest of the music that is currently being played. Thus making a small viola section still powerful. Though having a larger viola section could help balance out the ocean of violinists taking up half the stage.

Many jokes are centered around the Viola since it appears to be a lesser instrument, but this is because most of those jokes use the insert instrument here parts which usually the viola name goes in there.
Q: How do you know when a violin is playing out of tune?
A: When the bow is moving.

Q: How do you know when a viola is playing out of tune?
A: When the bow is moving.
by Scenre August 16, 2012
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