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Parts of The Viola:

Parts of the Viola:

In order to learn how to play the viola, you must first be well acquainted with the different parts of the viola and the specific functions of those parts. The parts of the viola are named just like a human body. It has a neck, belly (front of the viola), back and ribs (the sides of the viola).

The parts of the viola are:

Scroll - This is located at the top of the viola. It is a decorative part, mostly hand carved.

Pegbox - This is where the pegs are inserted. The pegs are adjusted to tune the viola.

Nut - Helps keep the distance of the strings and supports the strings so that it has a good height from the fingerboard.

Strings - It has 4 strings that are tuned a fifth apart.

Bridge - The position of the bridge is essential as it directly relates to the quality of sound produced by the viola. The bridge is held in place by the strings' tension. When the string vibrates, the bridge also vibrates.

Fingerboard - It is a strip of wood on the neck of the viola where the strings are. When a violinist plays, he presses down the strings on the fingerboard, thus changing the pitch.

Sounding Post - Located under the bridge, it supports the pressure inside the viola. The bridge and sounding post are directly related, when the viola vibrates, the bridge, body and sounding post vibrates as well.

F Holes - Is located in the middle of the viola. It is called F Hole because it is shaped like an F in Italics. It allows sound to come out of the viola. Altering the F Hole, such as its length, can affect the sound of the violin.

Tailpiece - Holds the strings so that it has a good distance from the bridge

Chin Rest - It helps the violinist hold the instrument in place. While playing, the violinist can use his chin to hold the viola, thus freeing up his hands

Endpin - the button at the chin end that the tail piece is connected to

The Belly - Normally made from finely grained spruce

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