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Once you’ve mastered playing violas, you’ll definitely be curious about playing popular music, especially if you’re keen to play at gigs or events. Who wouldn’t want to know how to play popular music especially if it’ll get you the audience and market?

However, since you’ve started playing with classical music, there are some reminders you should always have in mind when you’re venturing into becoming an expert in playing popular music. Listed below are some tips that you might want to try.

TIP #1: USE YOUR IMAGINATION

Before getting it on the composition you’d like to play, try to look at the sheet and imagine how each note would sound when you’re playing it. And when you actually try to play the notes, observe if it was the same sound as the way you’ve imagined it to be.

The thing about reviewing notes is that sometimes your hands will surprisingly guide you on how to effortlessly lay a composition – a magic as one might say. Thus, it’s always important to assess, review, and imagine how a composition should be played. Just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s valid to have it played right away, you have to find a heart in playing the composition with utmost eagerness.

TIP #2: ALWAYS PRACTICE THE SCALES

Intensive practicing of scales can help you in improving your tonality, intonation and even your bowing technique. You may even want to buy a scale book and utilize this as a playground to practice various techniques and slowly become an expert around it.

TIP #3: UNDERSTAND THE COMPOSITION OF THE MUSIC

By analyzing the composition, you’ll have an idea on how to transition from one note to another flawlessly. Don’t just play the first notes you see, imagine how your fingers will play around the composition until you memorize it by heart.

Aside from that, be wary of how each verse or notes sound to help yourself notice the parts where you should work on more. It’s best to record your practices to take note on what parts of the composition you are having trouble with.

TIP #4: ANALYZE HOW YOU POSITION YOUR FINGERS

Sometimes viola players have various ways of positioning their fingers. However, it doesn’t mean that one should follow what one does. The technique in finding your finger position is looking for which arrangements gives you the right intonation.

Some might say that putting your fourth finger always round or flat is the proper way to play a viola, but you can actually play on both techniques as long as you are hitting the tune perfectly. So be comfortable in experimenting after you’ve memorized the rules in playing music on viola.

TIP #5: SEEK AN ADVICE FROM EXPERTS

Of course, the best way to learn playing popular music on viola is to seek advice and even tutorials from experts who’ve been playing the genre for quite some time. You may ask a friend, instructor, or even musicians you’ve been acquainted with on the best practices.

But nonetheless, the one tip that you should always remember is to always have the patience and determination to get a composition done. It might get frustrating for the first few days, but learning more will open opportunities and skills you might never know you had in you.


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