I played violin - not very well - as a kid, and quit when I was 12. Decades later, I became interested in music in general, including theory, and strings in particular.
A few years back, I bought a small (15") viola and a digital piano. I fooled around with them off and on, More off than on, unfortunately, so I am still very much at the beginner level, but my interest is not going away, in fact it is getting stronger.
I am trying to learn on my own for a couple of reasons. My work schedule is crazy so I doubt I could commit to a particular day. Even without that obstacle, the extremely, sometimes exclusively, child-centered focus of most of the community music schools is enough to keep me away. I looked at some class pictures of the closest one. The only adult students were taking piano, guitar or sax. Any of you taking lessons in such an atmosphere - and going to recitals - I salute you! I don't have the guts.....
The internet to the rescue....but not much for viola....and I'm small, 5'2", so I decided to add a violin to my collection.
I just received a Fiddlerman Master violin on Friday and love it! It is really beautiful, the finish has a depth that doesn't come across in the video. It arrived in perfect condition, only needing tuning to be playable. The case it came with is really nice, secure, well padded with plenty of storage, and the FM carbon fiber bow is nice too. Surely one of best values out there!
Now I need to spend some time with my new toy!
Thanks - lots of adult beginners here - inspiring!
I don't think I'd go for anything less than 15" in a viola. It's enough of a compromise as it is. Unless....maybe viola strings on an electric violin, but that would be down the road a bit.
I picked up the viola last night after playing the violin and boy did I notice a difference! It's literally harder to play - it requires more pressure on the strings and the bow in addition to more of a stretch. Still, I'm not giving up on it. My plan is to focus primarily on the violin for now, and try the viola again later. Despite the differences, I think skills gained on one should at least partially transfer to the other.