the best instrument in the world. we don't suck. well, not all of us do. very mellow sounding and beautiful. all of those viola jokes were made by violinists, so they wouldn't get made fun of for theyre cocky-ness and concietedness
by voilaviola January 24, 2007
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by Mashawn December 15, 2005
by Sharen Altarian December 18, 2010
an amazing 4 string instrument that is larger in size and personality then a violin. It sounds more like a cello, only an octive lower. The strings are(from lowest to highest)C-G-D-A. Viola players are usually the most underappreciated of the entire orchestra. They generally get sucky parts and little attention. The instrument itself is beautiful if played correctly.
The entire viola section was appaled at the discustingly simple parts they were issued to play while the violins had 100% of the melody and it was even challenging.
by phara August 05, 2007
by (****Somebody****) November 15, 2005
Larger than the violin but smaller than the cello. It sounds sort of chocolaty, but playing it is difficult because it's range is fit in an instrument like 30 % too small. Like the 2nd best instrument in the orchestra, behind cello. Often underappreciated, but it's really one of the best instruments out there. Violists themselves are quite eccentric- a big bundle of different personalaties.
The violas like to call themselves the meat of the orchestra sandwich, which basically means that they like to hide under the pieces of bread rather than call too much attention to themselves. Violists have to struggle with an instrument whose range is forced into a sounding body of air which is perhaps 30 percent smaller than the acoustically appropriate volume. This makes for a constant quest for the ideal viola sound (which some would say would be the viola sitting in its case) and the distinct air of the absent-minded professor amongst violists. If you need someone to fix your computer, start with the viola section.
by Rai-Medo April 05, 2011