Your new Viola sounds wonderful!
Give it a name, yet?
The bow is SOOO important. If you can pay close attention to Fiddlerman's instruction on how to hold it, right from the beginning - it will save you many headaches later. Time spent on finger exercises (even with a pencil) is well worth it, also. 😊
If your neck starts to hurt, or your viola feels unstable on your should - maybe try a sponge w/large rubber bands, or similar, as a 1st shoulder rest.
KEEP HAVING FUN! 🤗
What's the 1st tune goal of your "MPL"?
...or is it "MLPL" (must learn to play list)? 🤔
If slipping is a problem, the bon musica rest can be bent into shape and hooks over your shoulder, the fiddle will not move at all they can also be adjusted very high if needed. In the uk they are about forty five quid. Check them out on you tube.
I bought myself a
“Chin Smart Chinrest Cover for Violin and Viola-Brown”
This thing has been miraculous for me! It’s made of a non-irritating fabric (and I’m sensitive!) which has a slight texture to it, kind of like chamois but it’s not leather. It does not slip. It has a thin pad inside of it. It’s a little pocket the size of a chinrest that slips over the chinrest and is secured by a large rubber band across the underside of the fiddle. It fits securely and you’ll forget it’s even there. I never take mine off. No problems.
It’s small yet it covers all those nasty hard metal brackets on the end of the instrument that torture bony people like us, in addition to making the chinrest itself more comfortable. I LOVE it!!! Before finding this I had to use side-mount chinrests. Now, I can use any chinrest comfortably.
Ignore the internet cronies who speculate that it may reduce the tone of your instrument. I haven’t noticed any interference. It’s improved the tone of mine immensely because I now practice endless hours a day 😄, and practice counts more than anything. If I get hired to play Carnegie Hall and there really is a minuscule difference in tone, I’ll remove it for the evening. LOL.
Hope that helps.