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I Play Viola

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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

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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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    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 2

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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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    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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    I've just barely started to learn how to play

    the viola. However, I hope to master it in the future!
    AiKii AiKii 16-17, F Jan 31

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    Viola Loves!!!

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

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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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    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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    IssiHerondale IssiHerondale 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 25

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    Related Experiences

    I play these instruments; 1) Violin 2) Viola 3) Piano 4) Guitar 5) Bass And some drums, but not well enough to make it to the list.
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 31

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    I have issues. 1. I don't like being liked by my guy friends. It makes me feel uncomfortable around them and... ugh! 2. I don't like physical contact with guys. It feels wrong. My...
    metaphornographic metaphornographic 18-21, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I'm a guitar teacher and therefore love to play guitar. Summer of 2013 I got my dream guitar. I had been drooling over this guitar on eBay for years, but never really had the money...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 8

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    Piano player! I have been playing the piano growing up as a hobby so just for fun not professionally and never taken exams for it!I enjoy playing classical music, music from films...
    MilweePetite MilweePetite 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 12

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    One of the instruments i play is ofc the guitar. Strumming isnt really what i like so i play fingerstyle (playing the melody and harmony at the same time). I also like figuring out...
    theysayitsjustme theysayitsjustme 16-17, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    I saw a Wii game in dads car. Just Dance 3 I've had Just Dance 2 and I like it alot I asked dad "Can I have this?" he said "No. It was alot of money" :/ But then he said hes just...
    KovusShame KovusShame 13-15, F Jul 26

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    I started playing my freshman year of high school. I chose music over art class, and everybody in the music class got to choose one of the instruments that the school had. It was a...
    OwlishL OwlishL 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 31

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    The good old 80s. I started elementary school in the fall of 1986. We didn't have cable TV, VCR or a computer in our house, back then. In fact we didn't get a VCR and a computer...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 3 Responses Aug 10

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    Every time I stop playing WoW, a friend convinces me to start playing again, but after I start playing again, they stop playing. I love playing WoW, but I hate having no friends to...
    AgentSickler AgentSickler 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 11

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    There was a little gang of us deviant kids on my block and the next one over also. The older kids would look after the young ones and we learn to hopscotch, jump rope, play with...
    KawaiiDemon KawaiiDemon 18-21 2 days ago

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    I don't personally play the lottery but my mother does & this is the closest that applies. My mother plays Monday thru Saturday , spending 27 dollars a day playing various number...
    MeepingSophia MeepingSophia 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 30

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    I love playing sports, such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer. I don't play on any teams or in school. I usually just play basketball for fun with my uncles and/or my brothers...
    basketballislife15 basketballislife15 13-15, F Aug 2

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    In total, there are many usages for piano: play in a concert, play in a party, for a dance group,....... But, with me, I just divide it into 2 different kind: play a song; and play...
    Longnhat5 Longnhat5 13-15, M Aug 5

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    Playing the piano is my passion in life. I play for hours each day and I never get tired of playing. I took piano lessons for a short time in kindergarten but I've been playing by...
    harmony4850 harmony4850 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 7

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    I used to play this game I don't remember exactly why I stopped playing it I think it had something to do with my friends computer not allowing her to play anymore. And then my...
    Autumnflowers Autumnflowers 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 10

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    Anybody planning on playing firefall when it launches on the 29th? Yeah i know i played the beta too, it lacked a lot of content but from what i hear theyre supposed to have added...
    shinjorai shinjorai 36-40, M Jul 23

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    I've been playing piano for 2 or 3 years now. I love the way it sounds and how your fingers just move from each key so smoothly. I haven't really had piano lessons but I normally...
    basketballislife15 basketballislife15 13-15, F Jul 27

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    Best game I've ever played and I hope to continue playing when I'm out of high school! I play lock! The saying "a hooligans game played by gentlemen" sums up a large portion why I...
    sm1ttay sm1ttay 16-17, M Aug 1

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    So I just got the ps4 for my bday & I'm setting it up. I got The last of us remastered & I watched a lets play on YouTube before I even got the system. My sister plays computer...
    aubreylovell aubreylovell 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 1

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    Another way of playing chords: Instead of playing C + E + G, you can play C + G + C This way is a whole lots better, most pianist play this way.
    Longnhat5 Longnhat5 13-15, M 1 Response Aug 5

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    I played when I was in university over 10 years ago. 7th edition had just come out. I played for a couple years, then transferred to a new university and didn't know anyone who...
    NNDY416 NNDY416 31-35, M Aug 10

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    I've been playing it for five years (ever since I was nine years old) and I love having an instrument to play. I'm not really that great at it, trust me, but if you ever thought of...
    piecestothepuzzles piecestothepuzzles 13-15, F 4 Responses Aug 12

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    Play it with me!!!!! Now! If you haven't played before, here is how you do it. You need two or more people to do it properly. 1. Go to the other person's experience group list 2...
    InternationalDarkness InternationalDarkness 13-15, F 3 Responses Aug 13

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    I've had the first, the second and the third Playstation console. I've had the first and the second Xbox console and I've had a Gamecube. I also have the old Commodore Amiga system...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 1 Response Aug 13

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    We were on hols in North Wales at Rob's cottage (Rob is our friend Keiran's dad) the three girls, Hann's mum Julie, Keiran with his mum and dad and our friend Lewis and one day we...
    bethizhere bethizhere 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 14

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    I realized I should post something a bit more.. "peppy"(?). SOOOOO, I love playing games. I love getting away for a bit in the game world and meeting others. It's awesome! So I was...
    dragonheartss dragonheartss 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 25

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    I have been a pianist for over 24 years and would strongly encourage anyone who uses their skills and talents for gigging to learn to sight read. It is one of the most important...
    Serenity14 Serenity14 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 26

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    Hey what's going on Exp. Ppl anyone playing the Destiny Beta? Would be nice to play with some ppl!!! I'm playing on ps3, since I don't have my xbox 360 at the moment so sorry my...
    insearchformrsright insearchformrsright 16-17, M Jul 26

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    While this game is over a decade old, it still holds my fascination. I have built 3 large regions and have cities that earned 100s of million dollars and gained over 400 thousand...
    billalabama1 billalabama1 61-65, M Jul 26

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    I hate it when I'm banning, and I ban someone, and someone on my team gets mad at me for banning their champ. "You banned my champ wtf" "Why did you ban my champ?" "You didn't...
    sugarcakes143 sugarcakes143 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 27

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