Viola or Viola?

Edited: July 11, 2017, 9:23 PM · So,

Vee-ola, or Veye-ola?

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Edited: July 11, 2017, 10:08 PM · Vee-ola.
July 11, 2017, 10:13 PM · I think its vee ola and veye ola is the flower???
July 12, 2017, 12:54 AM · ..and Vye-er-ler is a charming character from Shakespear!
July 12, 2017, 7:10 AM · Vee-O'-la you play.
VYE'-o-la you grow in your garden (or see, doubling as Cesario) on stage. Not just the vowel, but the accent, too, shifts.
Edited: July 12, 2017, 8:12 AM · is the phonetic spelling pronunciation.
July 12, 2017, 12:10 PM · I need to get back to practicing my vee-oh-lin.
July 12, 2017, 5:13 PM · I only ask because of an interesting conversation at work.

'What's in the case'

'A viola'

'Isn't it pronounced vyola? Like violin?'

'No, it's Veeola'.

'Why, that doesn't make sense'


It doesn't on first look, but I'm assuming it has to do with Italian grammar. It also made me curious, as I'd never heard Vyola before, to see if other people use that pronunciation as well.

July 12, 2017, 5:48 PM · "... let's call the whole thing off."
July 12, 2017, 9:37 PM · There this the Viol which English term for Viola da Gamba, or Leg Viol which is it's own instrument family having very little in common with the Viola or Violin

a musical instrument of the Renaissance and baroque periods, typically six-stringed, held vertically and played with a bow.

July 12, 2017, 9:57 PM · Hey Bill;

I always pronounced Viol closer to 'vile' than 'Veeol'.

My dream is to purchase a lovely bass viol. I had the opportunity to purchase one some time back and regretted not doing so immediately. The reason I passed was that 'a real viol has frets'. Younger me did not, at the time, know that the frets are simply tied on where they're wanted, and not inlaid into the fingerboard alla guitar.

July 13, 2017, 4:12 AM · like tomayto, I like tomahto, you like vee-ola, I like vie-ola
Edited: July 13, 2017, 4:39 AM · Correct pronunciation is


We have been here before....

July 13, 2017, 12:01 PM · Whenever I see people write "viola" when they mean "voila" I'm tempted to mimic their sentence, ending with "... and viola, a large violin."

You say Carmina, and I say Carmana
You say Burina, and I say Burana
Carmina, Carmana, Burina, Burana
Let's Carl the whole thing Orff.
July 13, 2017, 11:33 PM · The right pronounciation is: "Bratsch". It comes from the sound it makes - when you step on it....
July 14, 2017, 1:40 AM · ..or the sound it makes when we have a solo after an hour and a half of trombones in one ear and the piccolo in the other...
July 15, 2017, 9:44 PM · Viola is a female given name, pronounced "vyola," I believe.
July 17, 2017, 9:40 AM · We've all been deceived. "violino" is pronounced "vee-oh-lee-noh."
July 17, 2017, 5:34 PM · Vee. :)
Edited: July 18, 2017, 1:00 PM · Vee, vie, voe, vum. (German pronunciation?)
July 19, 2017, 8:03 PM · There's an expression, "oy vey" - that's what I say to this discussion :)
I think it's "vey-oh-lah" actually...
July 19, 2017, 8:06 PM · The French have violons. Not to be confused with title loans.
Edited: July 28, 2017, 9:29 AM · As a vee-OH-list, I say "vee-OH-lah."

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