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Small Viola Experiment
Silent Night Seasonal tune and only thing sounding remotely like it might on my viola experiment
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Ray Wells
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 Here you will find my 1st video of some sounds with my violin wired as a viola.
Am using D'Addario Prelude Violin A and D strings, D'Addario Short Scale Viola G string and until my order comes in a G string tuned to C
All this on a C 1920 Nippon Trade Violin with a Viola Bridge. Hoping things will get smoother and more mellow.
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Very interesting, Ray - and it looks to be a good start. I suppose what you have there is now a 14" Viola. It would be interesting to compare the tone with a purpose-built 14" viola to see if there is indeed any real difference in tone production.

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Ray Wells
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Hi HeadCheese

I would be further along with the evaluation of tone if I played better but that is as it is and will improve. Would also be better informed had I not ordered G string by mistake when I wanted a C string. Never the less  the G string now on the instrument is a short scale viola G string and it sounds different from the violin G string even with both being D'Addario Prelude strings. C strings are ordered and ultimately I will have to change the A and D strings to short scale viola strings. Now to work on some tunes that haunt the low notes.

Ray

 

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Sorry to hear that you ordered the wrong strings. I hate it when that happens to me. LOL

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I just played "Lightly Row" along with my youngest son, who is learning Violin. It's played entirely on the A string, but you are correct, they sound quite different on the two different instruments.

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It dont sound too bad, look forward to you doing a comparison video when the new strings come in.

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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Ray Wells
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Hello folks; Attended my 1st Slow Jam last night and met 10 friendly people, 6 fiddlers, 1 keyboardist, banjo, guitar, whistle, squeeze box, percussion. Each of us took turns calling the tune and setting the tempo, including me and they accepted 'Jock O'Hazeldean into their tune book. A great time, however I discovered a hairline crack in the top of my acoustic fiddle that was pretty much in line with right foot of the larger viola bridge I had installed. I surmise the 1/4" higher and wider bridge put greater pressure onthe top. So crack has been glued shut ("Old Brown" hide glue) and violin bridge reinstalled. Will have to seriously consider a purpose built 14" viola. Fortunately one gentleman at the Jam was playing a self built fiddle and is planning matched violin and viola as his next project so I might ask for a way to tag along on his next project.

Ray

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