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First Steps on the Dark Side
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Ray Wells
Ottawa Canada

December 13, 2012 - 8:22 pm
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I am 68 years young, retired and tending toward creative expression of my artistic side. I began learning the violin a few months ago. I am not very good at violin and don't presume moving to the viola will make me any better. When I voiced my intention on the Fiddlerman Chat I was asked if I was going to the Dark Side and I guess if mellow is dark I tend to the dark side. I have sent an Email to Pierre's store with a request for string suggestions. I have both an acoustic fiddle and a Cecilio  CEVN-1NA Red Mahogany 4/4, Electric Silent Violin in Style 1 

I find myself on edge every time I am required to bow even an "in-tune" E string. In this time of shifting loyalties I cannot afford a new instrument each time my tastes shift. I propose to restring my electric fiddle by installing a "C" string and shifting the remaining strings down one string position and playing the instrument as a viola. Since the electric has no resonant body, improperly tuned resonance should not be a problem and neither should any extra string tensions.

My major concern as I make this experiment is finding suitable sheet music. My MO to date is to practice the school pieces in my beginner books and hunt down relatively simple tunes with a decided preference for old scottish pieces. I particularly like Neil Gow's 'Lament for the Death of his First Wife" and a piece called 'Jock O'Hazeldean. I have found the Lament being played on a viola. I trust this forum will be as friendly as the folks at



Barry Nelson
December 14, 2012 - 1:10 am
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welcome aboard Ray. after 4 years on Violin I made the switch and love it. Size was my main issue but I dont miss the shrill E at all. I still play my violin some but I feel at home on Viola....welcome to the dark side

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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December 14, 2012 - 3:08 am
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hi-i'm bill price, typing on a smart phone. i'm familiar w/guitar n love sound of viola. i occasionay play chromatic harmonica with groups (usually standards) and want to become conversant with viola if not proficient. love massanet's"Thais" and ashokan farewell to name 2. will be happy to add fills and runs to some other instrument playing lead or vece versa.i know i must learn hold and technique most of all; the rest is k
just making music.

December 14, 2012 - 4:08 am
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Welcome to the site Ray and Bill,

Viola is definitely a beautiful sounding instrument with it's dark deep sound. I'm sure you will like it from your introduction Ray.

Look forward to hearing about the conversion to the Dark

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