How to Do a Flat on the Viola

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Doing a flat on the viola is something that you can teach yourself to do in just a few moments. Do a flat on the viola with help from a professional singer and violinist in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hello there, I'm Kendall McGuire, professional violist, and today I'll be answering the question, how do I do a flat on a viola? Well first of all, let's talk about what a flat is, alright? If you have a flat tire, your whole car is going down, right? Well the same with a flat. It's going to lower, or go down in pitch. So, let's say we have a note. If I want to make that note flat in pitch, I'm going to go down a half step. I'll now play the first initial regular natural note, and then its flattened pitch. Do you notice how the flat pitch sounds lower or more minor? That's a little tip on how you can tell you're actually playing it correctly. I'm Kendall McGuire.


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