Jan 24, 2012 12:14 PM GMT
Dang, I was expecting a full blown capriccio on the ringtone.
dannyboy1101 saidJust for the record, that's a viola. Not violin. Love that it was a violist, too, because a violinist probably would have just gotten huffy. The violist would of course take a moment to improv to make the person look like an idiot.
What's a viola you ask? Happy to tell you. Viola is a slightly bigger violin that has a more mellow sound (the top three strings of viola are the same as the bottom three of the violin, viola has one string lower than violin). Because of the lower pitch, it is acoustically imperfect making it harder to produce good sound than the acoustically perfect sized violin and cello. If it were correctly sized it would be too big to hold on the shoulder. Because of this imperfection, it was neglected as a solo instrument by composers until the 20th century when awesome musicians began to show off their skills on viola vs it being a dumping ground of less capable violinists in centuries past, hence why many of you have never heard of it or label it as violin (they often look the same until you put them next to each other or if you have musician ears). Also, if you wanted to seem really smart, violin (v-eye-o-lin) but viola (vee-o-la). Don't say v-eye-o-la. It causes chills in viola players such as myself and just isn't cool. Violas also have all the good jokes and are typically played by people who are more laid back and fun so if you want to date a musician but violinists are too type A for you, find a viola player. Knowledge is power haha