One of Maurice Ravel's (1875- 1937) most famous compositions, Bolero is based on an unchanging ostinato rhythm played by the snare drum, meaning that the rhythm is repeated throughout the piece as the melody evolves. Originally composed as a ballet, it is rarely performed in that form, and is almost exclusively heard as an orchestral piece. Well-known for his abilities as a music arranger, Ravel also made an arrangement for two pianos, published in 1930. To his surprise, as Ravel was his own worst critic, the premiere of the Bolero by Toscanini in 1929 (as an orchestral work) was received with wide acclaim.
Learn how to play the notes of "Bolero Viola" on viola for free using our animated scrolling tablature for the easiest way to quickly learn the music. Enjoy playing along with 3 backing tracks which you can control with the track display. Use this tutorial with our tab to learn the song without having to read notes in sheet music.