Online Guides: Violas

Learning to play an Viola is a long, but rewarding journey, and this guide has been designed to help at the start.

1. Introduction

Welcome to our Viola Online Advisor.

This guide aims to help complete beginners and existing viola students (and their parents) gain a clearer idea of what playing the instrument is about, and to assist in choosing and caring for a new instrument. You may be wondering whether it is a good idea to take up the violin or the viola – while there is certainly a wider repertoire for the violin, the viola does have its own unique timbre, and also the advantage that being the less popular choice, it is usually considerably easier to find a place in your local orchestra!

Our Online Advisor extends to several pages – you can jump from section to section using the index below, or the navigation at the bottom of each page.

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Best rated products

  1. Stentor SR1500 Violin Student II 4/4

    Stentor SR1500 Violin Stu­dent II 4/4

    In stock
    €159
    £140.13
  2. Thomann Classic Violinset 4/4

    Thomann Classic Viol­inset 4/4

    In stock within 3-4 weeks
    €109
    £96.07
  3. Stentor SR1400 Violinset 4/4

    Stentor SR1400 Viol­inset 4/4

    In stock
    €129
    £113.69
  4. Harley Benton HBV 870BK 4/4 Electric Violin

    Harley Benton HBV 870BK 4/4 Elec­tric Violin

    In stock within 1-2 weeks
    €118
    £104.00
  5. Gewa Mute Metal Violin

    Gewa Mute Metal Violin

    In stock
    €12.40
    £10.93
  6. Wolf Forte Secondo 4/4 -3/4 BK

    Wolf Forte Secondo 4/4 -3/​4 BK

    In stock
    €22.90
    £20.18
  7. Muco Shoulder Rest 4/4 Violin

    Muco Shoulder Rest 4/4 Violin

    In stock
    €11
    £9.69
  8. Kun Collapsible Violin 4/4

    Kun Col­lapsible Violin 4/4

    In stock
    €28
    £24.68
  9. Carbondix Carbon 4/4 Violinbow

    Car­bondix Carbon 4/4 Viol­inbow

    In stock
    €85
    £74.91
  10. Alfred Stingl by Höfner AS22 V4/4 Violin Bow

    Alfred Stingl by Höfner AS22 V4/​4 Violin Bow

    In stock
    €34
    £29.97
  11. Thomann Classic Violinset 1/2

    Thomann Classic Viol­inset 1/2

    In stock
    €109
    £96.07
  12. Gewa Chinrest Tool

    Gewa Chin­rest Tool

    In stock
    €3.19
    £2.81
  13. K&M 16580 Violin Wall Bracket

    K&M 16580 Violin Wall Bracket

    In stock
    €17.90
    £15.78
  14. K&M 15580 Violin Holder BK

    K&M 15580 Violin Holder BK

    In stock
    €22
    £19.39

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Most popular products

  1. Neumann KM184 mt Stereo Set

    Neu­mann KM184 mt Stereo Set

    In stock
    €1,110
    £978.30
  2. Thomann Classic Violinset 1/2

    Thomann Classic Viol­inset 1/2

    In stock
    €109
    £96.07
  3. the t.bone Ovid System CC 100

    the t.bone Ovid System CC 100

    In stock
    €48
    £42.30
  4. Thomann Classic Violinset 3/4

    Thomann Classic Viol­inset 3/4

    In stock
    €109
    £96.07
  5. Thomann Classic Violinset 1/4

    Thomann Classic Viol­inset 1/4

    In stock
    €109
    £96.07
  6. Sennheiser E 906

    Sen­nhe­iser E 906

    In stock
    €169
    £148.95
  7. Fishman V-200-Pickup

    Fishman V-200-Pickup

    In stock
    €135
    £118.98
  8. Harley Benton HBV 800NV E-Violin 4/4

    Harley Benton HBV 800NV E-Violin 4/4

    In stock
    €109
    £96.07
  9. Thomann Classic Violinset 1/8

    Thomann Classic Viol­inset 1/8

    In stock
    €109
    £96.07
  10. Roth & Junius RJVC Professional Deluxe

    Roth & Junius RJVC Pro­fes­sional Deluxe

    In stock
    €66
    £58.17
  11. Stentor SR1500 Violin Student II 4/4

    Stentor SR1500 Violin Stu­dent II 4/4

    In stock
    €159
    £140.13
  12. Wolf Forte Secondo 4/4 -3/4 BK

    Wolf Forte Secondo 4/4 -3/​4 BK

    In stock
    €22.90
    £20.18
  13. Yamaha SV-250

    Yamaha SV-250

    In stock
    €1,599
    £1,409.28
  14. Roth & Junius RJVC Violin Case Adagio 4/4

    Roth & Junius RJVC Violin Case Adagio 4/4

    In stock
    €62
    £54.64
  15. beyerdynamic M201TG

    beyer­dy­namic M201TG

    In stock
    €195
    £171.86