What is the difference between a Violin and a Viola?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Also, think about what the viola typically plays. It's a softer sound and is usually harmony in an orchestral setting or quartet. Outside those settings, there isn't much for that instrument. The violin is much more versaitile - you can play orchestral, solo, fiddle, old tyme. If you like a deeper sound, you can also get a violin size instrument with thicker box and strings that actually plays the notes of a cello!

    Source(s): I'm a former orchestral violinist (in school) and currently a scottish fiddle player.
  • 9 years ago

    "A viola burns longer" - Victor Borge

    But seriously - a viola is larger than a violin. A violin's strings are E A D G and viola strings are A D G + C. Viola shares 3 of the same strings as violin which makes viola musically versatile - especially between violin and cello in a quartet/orchestral setting.

    As a violist, musicians read sheet music notation on a 'C Clef' - aka 'Alto Clef'. This clef looks different to the treble and bass clef most people will be familiar with.

    Source(s): High school violin
  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The viola is bigger (but not that much) and has a deeper sound.

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