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VIOLA RESOURCE PAGE

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Dear Viola Student,

This is Mr. Mario. I created this website page to teach you and for you to use it as a resource for your learning. Download the following software on your computer so that we may have a lesson online. If you don’t have a computer, download it to your cell phone.

Zoom
Skype
Messenger for iPhone
Messenger for Android
Microsoft Teams

– Click “Sign in” and pick your school email

In order to succeed, you will need:
– Patience
– Perseverance
– Determination
– Practice

So, have fun practicing hard and contact me if you need help!

Mr. Mario

Viola and Bow Parts

Click here to see the names of the parts of the viola and the bow

Click here to see a Viola Bow

The Violin and the Viola share the same names for the body of the instrument and the Bow.
The parts of the Bow are: Frog (or Nut), Adjusting Screw, Ferrule, Grip (or Winding), Stick, Tip (or Point), Hair

Posture

There are four main elements to good Posture:
– stand with feet slightly separated
– straighten back and neck
– open up your chest
– gently elevate head

PLACEMENT OF VIOLA
– lift your head and look gently to your left
– place viola snuggly against neck so that:
+ shoulder-rest sits on (top of) shoulder and on chest
– lower head until chin sits comfortably on chin-rest
– keep viola flat to the ground or with scroll slightly angled higher

The Strings of the Viola

Click here to see the strings of the Viola

The Viola is the Contralto (or Alto) of the bowed orchestral string instruments. It is substantially larger and heavier than a violin. It has four strings (C-G-D-A) from Low to High, which are tuned in fifths. The Violin (G-D-A-E), and Cello (C-G-D-A), are also tuned in fifths. The Viola is tuned an octave higher than the Cello. Both instruments share the same strings an octave apart (C-G-D-A).

Bow Grip

Click here to see a front view picture of the Bow Grip

Click here to see an inside view picture of the Bow Grip

There are four main elements to Bow Grip:
– middle and ring fingers always stay together wrapped around the stick and on the frog
– square thumb and place it on the stick/frog in between two middle fingers
– round pinky and place it on top of stick
– move index slightly above and wrap it on stick

Left Hand Position

There are four main elements to left hand position:
– keep your wrist straight, yet relaxed
– square your fingers (keep nails short!)
– rest your thumb on the neck between the 1st and 2nd fingers
– keep your elbow slightly inwards (this position changes depending on the string you are
playing

“VIDEOS”

Click on the PLAY button below to hear the songs. Click on PAUSE to stop them.

“Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug) | Havana | Jeremy Green | Viola Cover”




“J.S. Bach Cello Suite no.1 | Marc Sabbah, viola”




“Ed Sheeran | Perfect | Jeremy Green | Viola Cover”





“Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Variation I” by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki