Free AU Shipping Over $99*

Beginner Violas

Ready to play and free shipping: Quality beginner violas from Australian violin-shop, Simply for Strings


Discover Your Perfect Beginner Viola

The start of your musical journey should be filled with wonder and excitement for the magic to come once you discover the beauty of playing a stringed instrument. At Simply for Strings, we are passionate about nurturing your musical skills and encourage you to explore our wonderful range of hand-selected beginner violas.

At Simply for Strings, we believe quality instruments are essential for students, so we offer a range of exceptional options from renowned brands like Gliga and our own Simply for Strings labels - Prelude, Arioso, and Virtuoso. Carefully crafted to inspire and empower aspiring musicians, these beginner violas are specifically designed for learning, ensuring a smooth transition for student players. We offer all the essentials and are happy to guide you with any questions so you can concentrate on learning and building your playing skills. Explore our collection today to find the best viola.

Crafting Exceptional Sound with Premium Violas for Beginners

One of the most important aspects of a beginner viola is its sound quality. In our music store, we carefully select each instrument and professionally set it up to produce a rich, warm tone that inspires creativity and assists your musical expression. The hand-carved bridge and durable strings also add to a clear, resonant sound, making practicing our beginner violas an enjoyable experience.

We offer beginner violas in various sizes to suit players of all ages and body types. Whether you're buying a viola for a child exploring music for the first time or yourself as a new hobby, we have an instrument to suit. Our range includes 11-inch violas to 16 inches, providing every student with a comfortable and easy-to-play instrument to begin their musical journey. Plus, all our violas for beginners come complete with a bow and a case, so you can safely store and transport your instrument wherever your musical adventures take you.

Best Beginner Viola Collection at Simply for Strings

Our beginner violas allow you to confidently enter the arena of string instruments, as our range is tailored to complete novice players as well as beginner students with one or two years of experience. High-quality craftsmanship and professional setup make our beginner violas an excellent choice for students eager to explore their musical potential.

Violas for Absolute Beginners

Prelude violas are among our top recommendations for players who’ve just started learning. Our team designed and developed these violas specifically for Australian conditions and climate using quality tonewoods. Handcrafted with precision and attention to detail, they offer a deep, resonant tone for inspirational practising to help you improve easily.

Violas for Beginners with More Experience

The Gliga III Viola Outfit is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a more advanced option. Handmade in Romanian workshops by skilled craftsmen, these beginner violas feature a flamed maple back, sides, and neck, as well as a resonance spruce top. The hand-applied oil varnish and high-quality accessories add to the allure, making the Gliga III Viola Outfit a favourite among students and teachers.

Teacher-Recommended Beginner Violas

Our Arioso beginner viola is another standout option for aspiring musicians. Since 2005, the Arioso has been designed to be the best beginner viola in its class. Handcrafted for longevity and exceptional playability and sound, this viola has been expertly finished, and offers emphasised clarity, responsiveness, and a balanced tone.

Whichever instrument you choose, each beginner viola at Simply for Strings is professionally set up by our expert luthiers in Brisbane. We check every detail before dispatching the instrument outfit to guarantee optimal playability and tuning stability so you can focus on mastering your skills without worrying about technical issues.

At Simply for Strings, we Support Your Musical Creativity from the Very Beginning

As musicians and teachers ourselves, we're committed to providing our customers with the best hand-selected instruments and service. Passionate about music and fostering our beautiful musical community no matter your skill level, we stock a comprehensive range of top-quality and affordable beginner violas. Each viola has been carefully selected and professionally set up for an enjoyable and rewarding playing experience. Plus, we offer free shipping and easy 30-day returns for hassle-free online shopping.

Committed to your ongoing musical success following your instrument purchase, we provide ongoing support and guidance as your playing skills improve. We want you to feel excitedly confident about your purchase, knowing we stand behind the quality and value of our beginner violas.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best beginner viola to buy?

We recommend looking at our Prelude, Arioso and Virtuoso range of viola as these are all excellent choices for the novice or continuing student. Each instrument has its own unique sound, but all are professionally finished and set up by our expert team of instrument makers.

When should my child start learning the viola and at what age should they start viola lessons?

A lot of schools these days have an orchestral strings immersion program in grades 2 or 3 where all the students are involved and able to try orchestral string instruments. This is also the age that most schools allow students to start taking lessons and joining school ensembles. This is a great opportunity for your child to try out different instruments and find the right one for them. If your child is showing enthusiasm for wanting to learn an instrument, they can start at any age. Even from 3 - 6 months old there are a variety of entry-level music classes that will introduce them to the basics of music and getting them involved in creating music. There are a variety of teaching methods designed for teaching children from a very young age such as the extremely well-known Suzuki method which was how some famous players learnt, such as Ray Chen who started the Suzuki method at age 4.

What do I need to buy with my beginner viola?

Our viola outfits come with a case and a bow included and to be able to play you will also need to purchase a shoulder rest and rosin. These two items are necessary to be able to play your violin. We also recommend a music stand, a cleaning cloth and a tuner. These items will make learning and maintaining the violin a lot easier.

What are the benefits of learning the viola?

There are a vast number of benefits to learning the viola and music as a whole. There have been noted mental, emotional and physical benefits to learning to viola. From improved fine motor skills, learning discipline and improving memory to improved social skills from being involved in ensembles just to name a few.

What is the difference between a violin and a viola?

A full-size violin is about 36 cm (14 inches), but a full-size viola is normally somewhere between 39 and 41 cm (15.5-16.5 inches). Violinists usually read their music from the treble clef, while violists, generally speaking, have to learn the slightly less familiar alto clef. The pitch is lower than that of a violin by a 5th. As well as being slightly thicker, the viola string order from lowest to highest is C, G, D, A. Violin strings, on the other hand, go from G, D, A to E.

Do I have to buy a small viola (11"- 14") or can I just have you re-string a violin?

We recommend purchasing a real viola where possible as the shape and tone of the viola is slightly different to the violin. However, we understand that a violin re-strung as a viola (removing the E string and adding the C string) can leave you with options in the future to play either as a violin or a viola.

Do you know any good viola jokes?


  • How can you tell when a violist is playing out of tune? You can see the bow moving.
  • What's the difference between a viola player and a vacuum cleaner? You have to plug in a vacuum cleaner before it sucks
  • What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? A viola player
  • What’s the difference between a violist and a pizza? A pizza can feed a family of four

"https:\/\/\/s\/files\/1\/0014\/2521\/1486\/files\/Buy_Viola_Australian_Violin_Shop_1.jpg?v=1617076088" free-shipping-icon

Free AU shipping over $99