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I Play Viola

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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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    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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    Viola Loves!!!

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Martha1982 Martha1982 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 2

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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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    IssiHerondale IssiHerondale 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 25

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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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    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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    Yes, I like playing video-games a lot. I've been through two major gaming eras so far. 90's and 2000's. 2011 onwards, you know about it, the era is still on. In this present era...
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    Yes, I like playing video-games a lot. I've been through two major gaming eras so far. 90's and 2000's. 2011 onwards, you know about it, the era is still on. In this present era...
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    So yeah, I think most people enjoying playing games, whether they be board games, card games, or video games. I myself mostly play video games and board games, especially seeing as...
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    I remember the first game I fell in love with.You may not have heard of it, but it's called Transformers Prelude to Energon, although the box just ends the title at Transformers...
    CoolManMcGoodName CoolManMcGoodName 16-17, M 2 Responses Dec 1

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    Hard to believe it was nearly two years ago now :O I always loved football buh in my school, girls weren't aloud to play (uugghh? i mean HELLO?? equality? :O) Anyways, there was a...
    hanntiger1 hanntiger1 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 7

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    This question is mainly for gold players and up - but anyone feel free to add their input is it better to pick one or two champs - and ONLY play those champs? (unless you have no...
    MeowOnMe MeowOnMe 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 27

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    Playing only Normal modes since I can't play together with my best friend in ranked mode. I hate playing it alone because I will always end up with dumb as h3ll teammates. When...
    Zim0 Zim0 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 29

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    I play the blues on my trumpet. I have an opportunity to play in a dance band and look forward to opportunities to play "ad lib" solos. My solos are based on the blues scales...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M Nov 26

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    I recently bought a Colecovision Flashback and yesterday I ordered an Intellivision and Atari Flashback. The old games are so much more fun to play. I have never been able to get...
    Dreamer19845 Dreamer19845 26-30, M Nov 28

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    2 things: 1) why do people feel the need to waste my time? we're NOT going to win, stop having high hopes and just surrender. It's literally just wasting not only my time, but...
    MeowOnMe MeowOnMe 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 2

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    I believe in parallel play. Some children play cooperatively and other children play side by side. I think something can be gained by side by side activities. Much of the world is...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M Dec 5

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    I play the piano, my FAVORITE instrument of all time. I could listen to instrumental piano music ALL day, and NEVER get bored! When I was little, my parents got me this Fisher...
    callmequayla callmequayla 13-15 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    " Play In The Rain" Lindsey Buckingham. Oh I was lonely Oh I was lonely Oh can we play in the rain Oh I was crying Oh I was crying On can we play in the rain Let's play!!!!
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I'm not scared of death or anything like. When it's my time it is my time. Everybody dies. I'll probably die early or at least I think so. I don't really want to die but I'm ready...
    xmoody15 xmoody15 13-15, M 1 day ago

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    four years ago this past summer, I went to the local lake to play in the mud. I found my favorite mud bog and stepped in bare foot. No sooner than I stepped in, my feet and my...
    shoer shoer 46-50, M Nov 25

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    I am a 360 gamer and really want someone to play Minecraft with. I'm not great at it, but I am creative and love to learn more about the game from other people. I'm down to play...
    brendafaith brendafaith 13-15, F Nov 25

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    So I haven't been able to play GTA V in a couple months because my Xbox just wouldn't play it but then my dad fixed my Xbox and I can finally play it and I think I'm about to cry
    zebrelle9 zebrelle9 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 28

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    I'm waiting for my bass guitar to arrive already. I'm so anxious and nervous to start playing. It's crazy! It's like I'm In love all over again. The bass guitar has such a...
    ponycupcake ponycupcake 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 29

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    You know what games I miss, the ones like Star Fox 64, no blood, no brutality, just blowing robots up as a fox, with a frog and falcon wingman, a dog commander, a robot controlled...
    Redmoon383 Redmoon383 16-17, M 4 Responses Dec 3

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    Age of Empires was the first game I played when I wasa kid n I was addicted to it. Then came Age of Empires II n I went berserk. I remember playing that game for 8 hours straight...
    Tien101 Tien101 18-21 2 Responses Dec 12

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    I'm not a virtuoso or anything, I can't circular breathe consistently (though I've done it a few times). I've got four: one Toca, one eucalyptus, one bamboo, and a PVC. I even made...
    SnowCrow SnowCrow 31-35, M Dec 12

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    I'm 14 and I've been playing airsoft for a while but non of my friends play and no one at my field is my age so anyone that lives in Wisconsin and play airsoft message me
    EncryptedKill EncryptedKill 13-15, M Dec 14

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    i always wanted to be a professional guitarist..i'm learning guitar on my own since i dont have time to go to a master..i have manages to learn all the basic chords and i can shift...
    ucbenetton ucbenetton 22-25, M 4 days ago

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    I want to roll play serving a woman or younger guy as a slave here on EP. I'm straight and prefer to roll play with straight guys but if its roll play only we can rp sexual.
    littleweewee123 littleweewee123 41-45, M 3 days ago

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    Well, Father told me he would teach me. I played miniature Golf. I picked balls for him and watched him play. I wish he was alive, may be he would teach me to Play. My Fav. Golf...
    blackjackmike blackjackmike 56-60, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I personally have no preference between PlayStation and Xbox. Can't they BOTH be awesome? Anyway, I LOVE video games. Shooters, RPGs, except for sports. I'm not really into them...
    AnonymousWolfy123 AnonymousWolfy123 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 25

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    I just started a few days ago and would love some people to play with :D I am pretty nooby right now though I'm sure with some practice I can do alright :) Anyone down for playing...
    Iscribbletoomuch Iscribbletoomuch 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 26

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    Looking for anyone who plays planetside 2, guild wars 2 or dark souls 2 to have some fun together. :) Edit: I live on the west coast of the Americas, so if you live in Europe...
    dabram71 dabram71 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 26