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I Play Viola

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    My Viola's Name Is Franz

     I've got to get something off my chest- I was a violinist first. Please don't hold it against me! I saw the light and converted. I love my instrument but wish it wasn't so darn hard on my shoulder- I've got plenty of old performance injuries. I don't play a...
    moonsnail moonsnail 26-30, F 6 Responses Jan 11, 2009

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    Getting Back Into It

    Hi.. I played all through HS and college and am recently re discovering how wonderful and transporting playing is. So far, practicing a few hours a day and transporting myself to wonderful bliss again now and then. Also setting up a camber music group stressing Violas this...
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F Jul 29, 2013

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    I've just barely started to learn how to play

    the viola. However, I hope to master it in the future!
    AiKii AiKii 18-21, F Jan 31, 2014

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    symphony

    take out the bow, tighten the hair, watch the wood bend.  unwrap the rosin, rub it onto the delicate fibers.  carefully pick up the viola, cradle it with care.  the wood shines, warm rich wood, the scroll's elaborate craftmanship curls in perfect grooves...
    de6789 de6789 22-25, F 14 Responses Jul 8, 2008

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    Viola Loves!!!

    Go violas! :D weeeeeee!!!!
    charfactor20 charfactor20 18-21, F Nov 15, 2013

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    Viola Player, Sad But True

    Ive played viola for about 5 years now, I started when I was in the sixth grade. Ive only ever had two, the one I loaned out for my years in middle school, and now I own my own. I named it Indigo Montoya. Anyone else find violist jokes sadistically amusing?
    Mexicat96 Mexicat96 16-17, M Apr 13, 2012

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    Loving It

    i've been playing for two years now. i love the way it sounds i love the way the music speaks deeper than just to my ears i love the way i can lose myself when i play i love my viola i dont know how long i'll play, but i've enjoyed playing. Hopefully it'll last :)
    SecretIsOut SecretIsOut 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 19, 2013

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    Group Forming Now!

    "chamber music" group with several viola forming now. First meeting/practice late September, first 'performance' sometime in January-- Vermont area. Write me
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F Aug 3, 2013

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    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 2, 2014

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    IssiHerondale IssiHerondale 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 25, 2014

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    Only "girl Viola"

    5th year playing! so fun! and all the other violas are awesome as well. Im the only girl in the viola section in my grade's orchestra and some people are like, "ooh harsh" or "THEN YOU NEED TO BE FIRST CHAIR FOR WOMEN KIND!" , I guess the "ooh harsh" people are "sympathetic...
    LilOrange LilOrange 13-15, F Oct 16, 2011

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    Brahams sonata in E flat Opus 120 No 2 will be

    our first concert piece on October 4. Practicing at least an hour a day all summer! University viola group in NE US. Write to me!
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 2, 2014

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    Oh Wow, Who Knew?!

    Did anyone else know that Jimi Hendrix played the viola before the guitar? If that isn't proof that the viola is a fantastic instrument, I really don't know what is! :D
    Yellowrhapsody Yellowrhapsody 16-17, F 5 Responses May 19, 2008

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    The First Time We Met Lol

    It was in 6Th grade at an H&H music convention at my school. They had all the orchestra instruments laid  out on tables.  And that's when I saw my viola.  One of the representatives was holding it in the air saying "this is the viola". And it was like...
    oaktree89 oaktree89 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 7, 2008

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    Violas Are Amazing!

    I first started playing viola when I was in fourth grade, that makes it 2 years now. I caught on pretty quickly, I guess you could say it's it's in my DNA, my mom has played violin since she was in fourth grade and she's 53 now! Not to toot my own horn, but my teacher says I have...
    reinventlovex3 reinventlovex3 13-15, F Mar 22, 2012

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    Favorite Piece?

    My favorite so far is: Hindemith's Sonata Op. 25 for viola solo. What is your suggestion for the best piece to learn next in detail?
    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 30, 2013

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    Since age 12-13 in 7th gradeʕ •ᴥ•ʔ.

    I'm pretty sure i could make you tear up or maybe even cry. Maybe.
    Yogurtree Yogurtree 18-21, F Mar 6, 2014

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    That's Vee-oh-laa Not Vy-oh-laa!

    I love the viola. Yeah, I'm a nerd, but it really is one of the most gorgeous instruments in the musical world. Unlike the violin, which goes so high, even the dogs start figidting uncomfortably, the viola is like smooth, silky chocolate to the ears--exactly what music should be...
    Yellowrhapsody Yellowrhapsody 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 15, 2008

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    Started Violin at 3 years old

    and then saw the light at 5 years old. I am 18 now and that means that, as i write this, i will have been playing for 14 years roughly. Completely in love with the Viola and viola playing and am now past grade 8 standard. I am lead viola at 2 orchestras and play with 2 quartets...
    MrMusicMan21 MrMusicMan21 22-25, M Mar 4, 2014

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    I played truth or dare with husband'sj friend. He dared to see my fruit bowls and then wanted to eat them. It was a win-win for both of us.
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    I like roleplaying is any one in the mood to play?
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    I have a PS2 PS3 PS4 Retron 5 Nintendo 64 Gamecube Wii Dreamcast & a Xbox 360 and Ouya so technically I have 10 consoles or 19 consoles if you count the 10 different systems the...
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    Yay I found the group anyone play on Xbox :P
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    We decided to play naked truth or dare where all the questions were about being naked and all the dares were done naked
    Thatgirl900 Thatgirl900 22-25, F 1 Response 6 hrs ago

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    I likendrick to play and act like I'm any age from toddler to 6 years old if please hmu
    kals1234 kals1234 18-21 2 hrs ago

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    I'm 22 and I'd still play with Legos. I like Lego friends lol.
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    So...there's a lot of controversy in the gaming industry right now, particularly with moding certain games such as Skyrim. And I'd just like to put my opinions out there. I don't...
    RebelCobra RebelCobra 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 25

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    I've only been playing for a couple of years, but I've decided to try to make it as a musician. My father always listened to ACDC, Metallica, and Journey while my mother listened...
    Mutent92 Mutent92 16-17, M 4 Responses Apr 27

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    I used to play, as well as still own, a trumpet. I used to be the best in playing it, but now it's been roughly 2 and a half years since I've played it properly. I plan to move to...
    Dylanhgh Dylanhgh 16-17, M 1 Response May 4

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    I used to play games alot when I was younger. I don't play as much anymore due to lack of time and the people I used to play with are no longer playing but I would like to make...
    dmg0101 dmg0101 22-25, M 2 Responses May 7

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    I wasn't into role playing until I started to role play. Now I'm into it and can't stop! Its just such fun! I love role playing as a boy between 5-13. I like to role play with...
    DML2451 DML2451 22-25, M May 10

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    I have been playing since I was 15, my mom bought me my first guitar at a pawn shop for Christmas, I played that thing a lot, still have it and its in pretty good condition still...
    squeezenbiteme squeezenbiteme 31-35, M 1 Response May 15

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    I don't know if because it's Summer or something but I've been getting bad games. Maybe I've been playing too much? I'm not too sure what's going on but I've been losing. I blamed...
    Xemplefied Xemplefied 26-30, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    And I'm sick of those who are saying that I'm wasting my time when I'm playing video games. I'd say, they are the one who are wasting their time trying to distract me from playing...
    panopticonett panopticonett 22-25, M Apr 26

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    I casually play before when the sega and ps1 where booming with popularity but I got addicted when my dad bought a ps2 when I was 5 or 6. The graphics way back then were pretty...
    alltimestrokes alltimestrokes 18-21, F 2 Responses May 2

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    I sometimes feel gilty of that when I encouradge girls to play with balloons. Whenever is possible I give balloons to girls in events or parties in order to play or goof around...
    bandoler bandoler 26-30, M 1 Response May 3

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    Can't say I like it that much but I would play every once in a while. I sometimes play online with my sister whenever she plays. Only play solo when I feel like it or at least feel...
    Xemplefied Xemplefied 26-30, M May 9

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    My belly button seems to easily turn on guys. And having them look at mine or play with mine turns me on. One of my first times getting my belly button played with was really...
    eatothechoi eatothechoi 18-21, F 5 Responses May 10

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    We don't have Playstation 4, but have PS3, PS2, and even PS1!! I actually play more games on my PS2 than the newer edition. My niece has the type that you plug the game into your...
    Simpfan Simpfan 56-60, F 1 Response May 14

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    I don't play the "in" games because I just don't like those games. I play retro/good games. Like the Last of Us, Somic Generations, Link Between Worlds, and Smash 4. That is like...
    EternalLuckyGuy EternalLuckyGuy 13-15, M 5 Responses 6 days ago

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