Learn to Set Up Your Viola for Maximum Ease of Use

Many aspects of the viola can be optimized to make playing less work and more fun

Pick up a violin. Then pick up a viola. Just getting around on such a big instrument presents a real challenge. Of course, violists readily accept the challenge in exchange for the lush tonal possibilities. A viola can be joyous and bright, sharp and percussive, warm and mournful, but only if the player can move around easily enough to explore every sound it can make. How well a viola is set up will determine how many of these colors and moods the skilled musician can discover.

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*This article appeared in Strings December 2010
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