I Find them to be helpful when switching back and forth between my son's 15" viola and my 16", although his tapes were originally off by a bit.
So you readjusted them? Just out of curiosity. I know that you play guitar. Can you hear when you are just a little off? Do you adjust afterwards? Do you look at the fingerboard all the time?
When I first picked up the viola last year My friend (Who owned the viola) put the tapes on for me. Only first, second, and third since I've never left first position or even used my 4th finger yet However, as I progressed across the two months that I had the viola in my possession I found that on songs I knew, i.e. Amazing grace, twinkle twinkle, and row your boat, I stopped looking at the tapes as often. However when I started on something new I tended to look more until I felt more comfortable with the "Pattern" of the piece.
I might get scolded for this but I do plan on putting tapes on my Cecilio when it comes in. Though given how easily I stopped looking at them before I shouldn't think that they will be on the instrument for more than a year TOPS.
I actually have tapes on my viola. They are the same color as the fingerboard, and so thin they barely register as being there at all. I use them mostly when I'm first learning a piece, to add a visual aspect to the audible memorization process. Once I know where my fingers need to be, I work mostly by ear.
If a person IS going to use tapes: Duct tape is NOT your friend in this instance! Neither is Electrical tape. If you want to use tape from around the house instead of buying "Pre-made, especially for YOU" tapes from a shop simply cut very thin pieces of Masking tape. It leaves little to no residue and is very low profile.
I think we need a home remedies page Suggestions for things like tape or safe solutions for Sticking or Slipping pegs, Safe at home cleansers, preparing your Instrument for ascension up a cliff face (I'm a rock climber) things like that
Just a suggestion
If your hearing for intonation is good it's a great idea to not use the tapes but if you can use them for a while and then take them off it might help you. Certain people should not use them while others benefit from them. The important thing is that you don't get used to staring at them.
It would be like driving stick shift and looking at the stick every time you shift.
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