Viola was my first instrument. And honestly viola doesn't get as much credit as cello and especially violin. But for me, the viola expresses my inner feelings and thoughts than the violin (no offense to any violinists out there) it has that deep tone that expresses my feelings perfectly. And people say that the violin is harder but that is simply false. I have tried the violin before and honestly it was not bad but to me the viola is harder. I don't know why this is the 11 hardest instrument and violin is number 1. People don't even know what's a viola. The viola is a very unique instrument and I wanna play it for the rest of my life. To me, no one can top the viola.

While the viola is my favorite instrument (and the most beautiful, in my opinion), it can be challenging. For one, we play in alto clef, which is all but dead. We also have to endure nonstop viola jokes, though this is more of a nuisance than anything else. We also get sick of being drowned out by the orchestra (which is often louder) and always playing the harmony. This is both distracting and irritating. Furthermore, it's hard to practice solo since the viola part usually sounds bad on its own, even when you play it correctly. Nevertheless, I love it anyway. Odd, I know. But 100% true.

Every instrument (or any) activity for that matter) poses challenges. The viola is definitely not an easy instrument to learn or master, but it is not insane difficult (like anything in the whole world). The larger size could make it harder to hold up, but violas come in a bunch of sizes, anyway, so you can pick what size is suitable for you. The larger fingerboard makes reaching for notes more difficult. However, there's ways to get around that, generally speaking. Plus, some people with large hands may even find it easier. Reading alto clef is like reading any other clef. It just takes getting used to. In terms of tone production, like any other bowed string instrument (or wind instruments for that matter), getting a nice sound involves concentration. Thankfully, getting an adequate sound (neither surfacy or big/full-bodied) requires little effort. Plus, if you're a concerted violinist, getting an adequate sound is easy peasy lemon squeasy. However, getting a big and full sound out ...more

I played viola for 4 years at school and it's terribly difficult and frustrating to play! I have small hands which is a curse because I feel like I need to dislocate my fingers to reach some of the notes. There is much more force needed on the strings to produce a smooth tone and the weight of the instrument caused me terrible neck and shoulder pain so I've since quit. Picking up a violin feels like playing a feather! I've been playing piano for 12 years and piano accordion for 2 and they're both much easier in my opinion.

Me as a beginner violist I still have a lot to learn but I can tell you now it's NOT an easy ride! Violist often need bigger hands and fingers that can spread far because playing the viola is pretty hard and it has different strings then the violin! Viola's also need more pressure applied to the strings then the violin and espically the bows! I held a cello bow and compared it to the viola bow and it was super light! I was surprised because you'd think a cello bow would be heavier! And I could be wrong but I was shocked! And I have absolutely nothing against Violins or cellos but I think the viola just might be a little harder then them

No one knows about it, and at the same time most instruments require you to read treble or bass clef. Viola is a whole new world and you need to learn how to read alto clef and eventually the tenor clef. Much bigger hands are needed to play this than the violin since it must be played like a violin but the fingers need to be spaced wider.

Considering that the viola similar to the violin and cello, it should be ranked higher. Alto clef is its main clef and it also requires violists to read treble clef. With that being said, the viola can't play as high as the violin but it can still go pretty high which would result in serious shifting. As many violists know, shifting can be a pain sometimes. The viola can do a lot of the things the violin can do and the two make a great team.

I love the viola so much. I have to admit though, it is really hard. It is larger and heavier than a violin, we read the alto clef, we squeeze our fingers tighter on thicker strings, we spread our finger really wide, we press our bow down harder, yet we get no credit at all. When regular people look at an orchestra all they see is violins. Violins get all kinds of credit they don't deserve honestly.

Violin is difficult but in my opinion viola is more difficult. The instrument is larger and the finger spacings are harder to locate with accuracy. String-crossings require more elbow movement to get the alignment of the left hand into a position where it can play the note correctly, especially on the lowest string. The instrument's response is slower and it requires extra effort with the bow arm.

A viola is possibly the most complicated instrument there is, and it has its own clef proving its superiority. Along with having to pitch the notes like most other string instruments it has to learn its own clef and most others in order to transpose music so it can play a broader range of music, living in the shadows of the other instruments who are recognised.

Here's the funny thing, the viola is played exactly like a violin. But it's 10th on this list because people don't know about it. The same techniques and skills required to play both are the same. I've played viola for 7 years and can play violin just as well. So I think viola is one of the hardest and deserves to be at the top of the list like the violin, since they are played in the exact same way.

I play the viola and most of my friends play in band so we always have an argument about which is harder and I say orchestra because if your finger is just a little out of tune it sounds really different. Another thing that's hard about it is the bow hold people don't really think about it but the better the bow hold the better the sound.

The viola is a completely different world from other instruments. Learning new staff, having to correct your position over and over and over, having to focus on so many things at once while playing to make sure that it doesn't sound terrible, and STILL getting mocked by the people who actually know the difference between a viola and a violin. Not as easy as it looks, guys.

For one thing, you have to read two clefs. The viola by its nature is also difficult to get a good tone. The violin and cello are made so that you can put minimal pressure on the bow. With the viola, bow pressure and vibrato become much more important. You really have to take control of it and be its master to play it well, unlike the others of the string family.

The viola is more technically challenging than the violin. A player needs more finger pressure and bow arm. Fast, technical passages are much more difficult on the viola. The competition in the world of violin is much stiffer and orchestral viola parts are often easier than those of the violin, but the instrument itself is more difficult to play!

I've been playing viola for 5 years now and all I can think about is the long way I've got ahead of me. It can be very frustrating to get the technique right, as it's a heavy instrument. I've been dealing with constant arm tiredness and pain, it can be very frustrating! Give us violists some credit, we love the jokes, really, but it is difficult.

Viola is just as hard maybe even harder to learn then the violin just because almost no one knows about it doesn't mean it isn't harder shifting is just as hard come on it should be in the top 5

People don't realize, The viola is actually harder than violin. It has more intense vibrations, as well as making vibrato more difficult. Also as a violist, you learn a clef that no other instruments share, so people don't even know how to read your clef unless they are a violist themselves or a music teacher.

The viola goes through the same challenges as the violin. Therefore, I think it should be ranked a lot higher. Their only differences between the two are their clef, they have one different string, their size, and the range of notes are a little different.

The viola is an instrument with a bad relation between sound and ergonomics; if you have a big viola, it will be sound beautiful, but it will be hard, and maybe dangerous to play, but if you have a small viola, it will be easy to play, but it will sound not as good as a big viola, a Violin or a cello.

MUCH harder than the violin, and I've played both. We violists have to stretch our fingers more. Even though the music we are usually given can be easy, it's only because it's very, very hard for us to play things like a violin does, because they have it easy.

I think that the viola is hard to play but not hard to learn. the reason why it is hard to play is because it can sound terrible if you bow wrong but on the guitar it is harder to learn and easier to play because it is hard to make it sound terrible

Viola on this list should be 6th or somewhere up there not in 1st, 2nd or 3rd though. My first instrument was the viola though I'm a violinist. Three years ago, when I started, there weren't enough violins for the class, so I had to play viola (though I wanted to play violin). I only had it for a short time, not enough to play a song, only the scale. One of my orchestra friends (I'm in the present now) can play the violin, viola, and cello. In the orchestra she plays viola and from her feedback, the viola is pretty challenging. I'm just happy I play violin.

Here, the violin and viola are just as hard as each other because even at lower notes you can still make squeaky noises. Also, I play the violin and as soon as I picked up a viola, I knew how to play it. This just shows they are very similar instruments

This should be way higher up. I play viola, violin, oboe, and piano. The violin and viola are the hardest, but the viola is way bigger and heavier, which makes the vibrato really tiring. You have to read alto-clef. This should be number 2 or 1.