Chamber Orchestra

I'm trying to get in a chamber orchestra that hands out scholarships to very good violists. I've only been playing for a year and a half but I'm accelerated.I need a catchy piece that I can work on to really impress the judges. Easy or hard, it just needs to be catchy :)

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2 days ago
2

Sloppy Bowing

This is kinda embarrassing but I struggle with keeping my bow strait on the string. I have tried many different ways but i'm out of ideas. If anyone knows anything that will help please say something. I need to fix this problem. 
Help!

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a month ago
29

Audition

So later this year, I want to try out for my school's chamber orchestra and I want a piece that isn't very classical and is about 160-200 tempo. Any ideas?

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26 days ago
4

Ensemble Composition!

Hey y'all! I'm LuckyFinGirl, new to this group but not MuseScore. I am a long time violist of 11-12 years now (started when i was extremely young) and I recently sparked an interest in composing and arranging music. My music academy has 7 other violists, one as advanced as me and the others intermediate. I'm struggling to come up with a good way to write an ensemble piece on multiple levels. Any ideas, thoughts, tips?

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2 months ago
4

Solo audition piece

Hello all. I just finished the MYS(Metropolitan Yout Symphony) summer cam, adnd decided to audition for the year long program. For the audition you need to know 9 scales(4 sharps 4 flats and c major) and an solo audition piece. Obviou.sly i play the viola, and i need some help finding a good piece. They suggested some pieces, but the only on e i hadn't played has the easiest one. So i wanted to find out if anyone here had some suggestions

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6 months ago
7

Shifting

how do i get better at it. it's not a new concept for me i have to shift in most of my music but it could be better i don't know how to make it better. I've heard of scales but all i know are 2 octave scales I know how to do those already but i know there different types of scales that I've never been introduced to.

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a month ago
5

Shifting

I don't know if it's just me or if it's the way we are taught but as viola i don't shift much and it sucks because when i do try to shift for the most part it's not the best it's definitely  gotten better i can handle 3rd position and majority of 5th position but even number shifting seem to be a problem like 2nd and 4th and i've notice that it affects my confidence when playing up there witch causes me to shift slower and more sloppy people have told me to do scales but the only scales i know are 2 octave scales 

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a month ago
1

Viola Life Issues

So I play the viola. Obviously. I want to impress my teacher, with playing Bach's first cello suite. However, I understand there are different bowings? I have only played for 4 years, and haven't really developed the skill of "creating the music that you read". She gave me a couple lessons on the prelude, for me to find out I had been practicing with my bowings all wrong. So she told me to slur every four notes, no matter what. Then, I was looking on Musescore and found the entire first suite, but with different bowings on the prelude. So, could someone tell me the right bowings/arrangement I should use, or give me your preference?

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5 months ago
6

Please give your thoughts

Hey everyone! I am a 6th grade viola player and I wonder if its weird that I practice every day and still dislike classical music. Bach, Handel etc. were all great composers, there works are amazing, but I just don't like to play any classical music. Please give your thoughts on this issue. 

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7 months ago
8

The pegbox

Why is it that on string instruments, it's always so hard to put a string in the top peg. I have some big fingers and it's not possible to put it in the pegbox, so I have a very hard time putting in the string. I can't even imagine how it must be violinists

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3 months ago
2

Telemann Concerto in G for Viola, For Viola Decet

Link: https://musescore.com/saltedalmonds/telemann_concerto_in_g_for_viola_for_viola_decet

This was a request from BigRed888. Unfortunately I could not find any sheet music on musescore to transcribe, so I found sheet music on the internet. It wasn't for 10 viola's but the traditional ensemble. So I put my blood, sweat, and tears into transcribing treble clef, bass clef, and alto clef all into alto clef through my mind. Note by note.
Pls give feedback.

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4 months ago
3

Posture

So in orchestra I'll be holding my instrument at a somewhat low angle and the teacher will tell me in front of the entire class to adjust myself. Then she tells the whole class that it will make us lose points in our Performance Evaluation. So now I'm getting dirty looks from everyone else in orchestra. The problem I'm having is just that, to keep holding the instrument at a 90 degree angle puts a lot of strain on my arm, so I'll try to hold my elbow to my body in order to make holding it possible. Obviously this makes the viola at a different angle which the teacher kindly points out to the whole class. Please tell me how to fix my posture so I won't be ridiculed every time I go to orchestra.

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5 months ago
17

Bumping strings + Dynamics

Hello my people.
I have been attempting to play Asturias by Isaac Albeniz on my viola (which is a very fun piece to learn). It is very fast paced with many sixteenth notes. The first few measures were quite easy, but when the fortissimo came, I was having trouble. In the first few measures I can let the bow relax, and I can play quickly and correctly, but when the piece gets louder I feel that my hands get clumsier because I have to put a lot of pressure on the bow and move very briskly. Please help.

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7 months ago
6

hello

hello i'm a violist a little out of practice anyone know where to start to get started? i used to play back in the fifth grade and was a natural at it, but i haven't played since then. i was taken out of the school that provided the classes for me and my father had to bring my viola back to the school. now i have one but don't know where to start in learning the art again, can anyone help?

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5 months ago
2

Transcriptions for Viola

Hi I'm a sixteen year old viola player who is a junior in high school. I wanted to challenge myself as the current selection of concertos and what not for viola (ex: Hoffmeister, Stamitz, Walton, Bruch, etc.) are definitely not simple, but they are, in a sense, wearing down on me. I don't feel the same sense of passion anymore with these pieces. I was wondering, do you guys know where I can find transcriptions of cello pieces like Shostakovich Cello Concerto, Dvorak Cello Concerto, etc. (I found Elgar on musescore) that are free of charge. Additionally I was wondering if there will ever be a viola rendition of tchaikovsky violin concerto for viola as my principal played certain sections by ear and I was really intrigued as it is considered a pure violin piece with almost zero intentions of transcriptions. That would most definitely be the crown jewel that I would be looking for to dedicate my time practicing to.

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a year ago
3

I don't know how much rosin is enough/how tight the bow should be

Hello there, I'm a thirteen year old violist who is currently in my school's symphonic and full orchestras. I've been told by some of my peers that "I put too much rosin on my bow and that doing so could make what I play sound muddy". I don't know if this is true or not but I usually put a lot of rosin on my bow and it ends up sounding just fine. another question I have is, how tight is a bow supposed to be before you play? I've been told by some that it's supposed to be super tight and some have told me that it should be super loose. I usually make it loose, cause then I'm able to play fortissimo without what's coming out of my instrument sound scratchy, while when I try to play loud when my bow is tight, it sounds squeaky and scratchy. 

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7 months ago
4

Interesting Quartet Pieces

Hello!
I am an eighth grade viola player. ME and 6 other people are looking for a song to play at GMEA Solo and Ensemble this year.

If you can help me, the song:
-Must have 1st and 2nd violins, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass Parts.
-Cannot be an arrangement of a modern tune.

Are there any other middle school students who can give us a fairly simple song to learn and master, hopefully earning us a high rating.

(We play fairly well, so don't be afraid to give us something challenging. :)


THANK YOU!!!

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6 years ago
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