What is the difference between the violin and the viola?

What is the difference between the violin and the viola?

The violin and the viola are very similar instruments. The violin is smaller than the viola and tends to play higher. The viola, with its slightly larger size, can play a little bit lower than the violin. If you were looking at the instruments from a distance, it may be difficult to tell them apart.

Side by side it is easier to tell. The violin is on the left.  Would you like to listen?

The String Instrument Demo Video was made after a series of demonstrations for elementary school students. The music was chosen to showcase what could be possible with about a year of study on each of the instruments.

About miriamtroxler

Miriam Troxler resides in Beaver, Pa, where she runs a private music studio. After graduation from Chatham University, she toured in Europe with the Continental Singers Orchestra as principal cellist. A long time member of Greenville Symphony Orchestra, she is also the founder and musical director of CelloBrationS. Miriam enjoys composing and arranging with several published pieces to date.
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4 Responses to What is the difference between the violin and the viola?

  1. Pingback: Violin For Beginners | Good Life Articles LellyMary Blog

  2. c wilson says:

    Miriam – So sad – the real difference is that the viola is better because it burns longer
    Proud of you!
    unc

  3. Pingback: String Demos | miriamtroxler

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