Linguistically the viola is the basic instrument of the so-called violin family. A violin is literally a small viola. A violoncello is small violone, while a violone is a very large viola. A modern double bass is basically a violone. The term “viola” is derived from the medieval Latin “vitula,” which may be related to […]

The Artiphon

I came across this intriguing gadget on Kickstarter. They have already surpassed their goal by 10 times. The instrument is currently available only through their Kickstarter campaign, which expires 13 April. They have announced no plans to distribute the product through some other retail scheme, but it seems likely that their success here will change […]