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Haven't even got to tune my new viola yet :)
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Ferret
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Hi All

 

Have been learning the fiddle for eight months. My new viola will be arriving this week.

 

Am looking forward to the chalange..... I think :)

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Barry Nelson
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Glad you found your way here John. Its a pretty safe bet you'll get hooked on the Viola. Being a larger instrument you'll find your finger spacing will be slightly different which can take some getting used too when switching from Violin to Viola and back.

Also the Viola takes a bit more bow pressure then the violin, but I can actually get some decent tone using my presto encore (62 grams) violin bow. But I do plan to get a quality Viola bow later.

The C string may be the hardest string to get used too.  I sure dont miss that shrill,whistlin' E though.

 

Welcome aboard !!

Bach : As the greatest expert and judge of harmony, he liked best to play the viola, with appropriate loudness and softness

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Glad you found your way here John. Its a pretty safe bet you'll get hooked on the Viola. Being a larger instrument you'll find your finger spacing will be slightly different which can take some getting used too when switching from Violin to Viola and back.

Also the Viola takes a bit more bow pressure then the violin, but I can actually get some decent tone using my presto encore (62 grams) violin bow. But I do plan to get a quality Viola bow later.

The C string may be the hardest string to get used too.  I sure dont miss that shrill,whistlin' E though.

 

Welcome aboard !!

 

Thanks Barry

I'm looking forward to getting started. Have found some good non-classical music to start with. Was thinking of making the first tune 'Star Of The Country Down'. May be a bit ambitious but I'm up for it :)

 

 

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I think Star Of The Country Down would be a great choice. be sure to share it here when youre ready.I plan to post some Viola folk tunes myself pretty soon.

Bach : As the greatest expert and judge of harmony, he liked best to play the viola, with appropriate loudness and softness

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I think Star Of The Country Down would be a great choice. be sure to share it here when youre ready.I plan to post some Viola folk tunes myself pretty soon.

 

Am looking forward to the polkas :)

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Glad you made it over here, John.

I'm wanting to work on Ashokan Farewell, myself. 

Here's a link you may find interesting: http://www.viola-in-music.com/.....viola.html

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HeadCheese said
Glad you made it over here, John.

I'm wanting to work on Ashokan Farewell, myself. 

Here's a link you may find interesting: http://www.viola-in-music.com/.....viola.html

Hi @HeadCheese

A good link.

I bought the book on fiddling for the viola. It will be useful in the future for sure. 

Am still waiting for the viola to arrive from Melbourne. Can't wait :)

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