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The viola is a musical instrument like a large violin. Violins , violas and cellos all belong to the same family of instruments. The viola is the alto of the family. It is played the same way as a violin, tucked under the player's chin. There are four strings which are normally made from metal although they may be made from gut. The strings are stroked with a horsehair bow.
The strings of a viola are tuned to a deeper sound than those of the violin, so the instrument produces a more mellow sound. The strings are tuned to C3 G3 D4 A4,Continued page 2/4