Monday, November 16, 2009

What causes a violin or viola string to 'uncoil'?

You know how when a violin (or viola) string uncoils... well, I don't think that the right word, but its when. the outermost part of the string becomes undone. What's that called? Why does it happen?

Is there any way to prevent it from happening?

Thank you!

What causes a violin or viola string to 'uncoil'?
when you tighten your strings you have to make sure that you're peg is pushed in as much as it can if not the strings will slowly become loose
Reply:Do you mean at the top through the pegs or on the neck of the violin. As the strings age or are wound to tightly they can pop or unravel

Edit: oh, well I've never had that you mean the metal is unraveling.....are they cheap strings?

Where can I find gifts that feature a viola?

I've seen Bratsche's Viola Bazaar and most of the cafepress-related sites, but I'm wondering if there's other sites to find viola gifts.

Where can I find gifts that feature a viola?

Where can I buy a viola case in Singapore?

The case for my viola is falling apart, I need a new one!!!

Where can I buy a viola case in Singapore?
Look in the yellow pages under "violin" (to find a luthier shop), check any music stores, or you might contact someone at the Mandeville Music School. See:
Reply:hi, have you tried searching at any musical instruments stores?or maybe you can try check out this local site 88db and search for the viola case that you want, you might also want to try search AMBERCRAFT VIOLINS for the viola case
Reply:go down to penisula plaza whereby there are many shops selling musical instruments. Is cheaper there. There is two doors, come in from the correct door and go to the ground floor.

Bad Teeth

The sound post inside of viola came off =(?

do you think that my neighborhood music store could fix it also some paint chipped of the viola do you think that all this is covered by warranty???? (thanks!!!)=)

The sound post inside of viola came off =(?
I am a violist, and I know that a sound post coming off is a major thing. The question that I would have to ask is, "how did the sound post come off?" because in many cases, that is what would determine the warranty question.

I don't know how good your local music store is, but if they make instruments there (string instruments), then they should be able to fix it.

If they don't, find a Violin Maker, and they would be the ones to be able to put in a new sound post

Orchestra dorks ueber alles
Reply:I play violin, so I know all about this. The sound post coming out...that's a tough thing to fix. What you can do is ask if they can fix it before you actually let them fix it (or they'll charge you), and if they can't...that's bad. I really hope they can! I don't think chipped paint will be included in the warranty, because it's not really a thing that happens over time - it's more of an accident. The best of luck! I wish you the best! Hope I helped, Darlin'! =)
Reply:Hey, a viola is not a car. You have paint on your viola?? Maybe, varnish, but not paint (I hope). Warranty? Again, it's not a car.

The sound post didn't "come off," it fell down, probably. An easy repair, probably not very expensive to fix. Don't play the instrument until you have the sound post reset.
Reply:They should be able to fix it, however about the warranty: if there is one you should know about it when you bought it.

I plan on purchasing a viola and I need some help... Any experts?

The only problem is that I'm kind of on a budget. How much money do you think I'll have to spend to purchase a fairly decent viola and bow that would get me through my first couple years of high school?

I plan on purchasing a viola and I need some help... Any experts?
Hello! I am a violist (trained in Chicago area, does semi-professional sub work, freelance, has professional string quartet) I can't tell you names of shops because of geography, but I can give you some advice at least.

I assume that you have private teacher, and that person is the one you should ask about shops. Especially when you are dealing with shops that are found in cities, you run across the problem of "regraded" instruments where a dealer has taken an old and crappy instrument, hollowed it out so that it sounds better, only to have in collapse a short while later, depending on how often you play. Also older violas with new bass bars installed in them may have problems as well. Worse comes to worse, email a member of a local symphony and ask them about shops who will not blindside you.

When you do have a few reputable shop names(which you should get a couple...comparing prices is a must, and don't be afraid to bargain down your price either) go and see what they have. A good intermediate level viola (you said your current one is $700 which would be student quality) should run you about $1,500-$3000 maybe $4000, depending on what you want to use your instrument for or if you have already decided to get ready for a life in the classical music industry. I myself learned on a $500, had a $2,500 intermediate, and purchased a $20,000 viola as my freelance quality instrument.

Many of these instruments may be factory punched but hand made, so even if a shop has several instruments by the same maker and the same model, all of those instruments may sound completely different. Sooo, you could get one with $4000 sound quality with a $1500 pricetag if the cut of the wood was perfect and it had a skillful assembler. There are also beautiful older instruments as well and a good shop should be able to point out the ones that will suit your preferences (like whether you want a bright or dark sound). In the end, the one that you want will be obvious to you, and only after you have fallen in love with the instrument should you do closer inspections.

Always always always take instruments out on consignment from shops. That way, when you are trying to decide between a final two or three instruments, you can play them for other people and see how they react in different settings (is it good for solo work, orchestra work, chamber music?).

In the end, do only what feels right. My viola is as individual to me as my own soul, and yours should fit you that perfectly too. It is a big purchase for you to make, and I wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.
Reply:Scroll down to "Better Student Violas" from:
Reply:You should not have to spend more than $200 on a beginners outfit ; case , viola and bow.

Make sure you buy it from a proper violin shop so that it has been set up correctly. Don't buy it from a guitar/drum/keyboard music shop.

PS You should have said which City you are in. Perhaps somebody can direct you to a particular music shop and a brand of viola.

What is the thing that Viola puts inher bag from She is the Man?

In the movie She is the Man, what is the thing that Viola puts inside the bag when she is pacling to go to the school and act as her brother? It is white with swirly gray things on it. She puts it in the bag right before putting the tampons in her boot.

What is the thing that Viola puts inher bag from She is the Man?
It's the thing that she put's on to disquise her boobs
Reply:more tampons

Whats the difference between a Viola and a fiddle?

Is a 'fiddle' another name for viola?

Whats the difference between a Viola and a fiddle?
No fiddle is usually another name for violin. A viola is bigger than a violin and is the middle voice of the violin family between the violin (high) and cello (low).

Fiddle v. violin jokes...

"When you are buying it, it's a fiddle. When you are selling it, it's a violin."

"The violin sings, the fiddle dances."

"A fiddle is a violin with attitude."

"What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle?" "No one cries when they spill beer on a fiddle."

Viola jokes...

"How is lightning like a violist's fingers?" "Neither one strikes in the same place twice."

"How do you keep your violin from getting stolen?" "Put it in a viola case."

"What's the difference between a violin and a viola? "1. The viola burns longer. 2. The viola holds more beer. 3. You can tune the violin."

"What's the difference between a viola and a coffin?" "The coffin has the dead person on the inside."
Reply:When most people today speak of a fiddle, they are talking about a violin, not a viola.

Historically, just about any instrument played with a bow, especially folk instruments, is called a fiddle. There were renaissance fiddle, corn-stalk fiddle, cigar box fiddle, etc.

You can, as already said, fiddle on a viola, too, and just as with a violin, that usually means playing just about anything other than classical music in the classical style on it. Check out Carol Cook for some viola fiddling.
Reply:Not Much. They are the same basic instrument. Fiddlers generally prefer a flatter curve on the top of the bridge and four fine tuners.
Reply:"Fiddle" is another name for a violin; it's more about the way it is played than about the instrument itself. A viola is a member of the string family of instruments - violin, viola, cello, and bass, corresponding to soprano, alto, tenor, and bass ranges, respectively. The viola is not generally played "fiddle-style;" that is a style of violin music that is often used in country, bluegrass, and Celtic styles of music.
Reply:Yes, the viola can be played as a fiddle...I've done it myself...I've played some Celtic stuff on viola which came off very well. I was really surprised at how easy it was to adapt to the fingerboard after having learned on violin.
Reply:a fiddle is another name for a violin.

violins and violas are different in two ways, first the size. violas are typically slightly bigger. this emites a lower tone..

secondly violins and violas have different strings..

violins have GDAE

Violas have CGDA (this is one octive lower than the violin)

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