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New2Viola: Intro
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October 24, 2022 - 12:28 pm
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I was instructed by Mouse to introduce myself, and Mouse does not seem like someone to be trifled with, so I am complying.

Not much to say, here's my first post if you're interested in the gritty details:

My 1st viola lesson

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October 24, 2022 - 2:45 pm
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Aw, @New2Viola, You can trifle! 😂😂😂😂 

I have enjoyed your posts. I am so pleased you are so active and I hope we can provide you with the encouragement needed to keep you on track with your "new to you" lovely viola. What a wonderful gift. 

🐭

The Bumblebee Flies!

Please ignore any typos. My typing ability on a real typewriter did not transfer to these device key pads.

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@New2Viola -

Still glad you joined us!

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/08/a1/28/08a128c5bf2f565d47eb7e211d8e9897.jpg

Many here have also come from a guitar background -

what kind of music are you interested in? 

- Emily  

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I mainly play 70's and 80's rock on electric guitar: Beatles, Dire Straits, Southern Rock, Rolling Stones, Clapton and so on.

On acoustic guitar, I like Simon and Garfunkel, Beatles, James Taylor, Jack Johnson, Cold Play, Milow, etc.

I've never been interested in classical music, but I like the sound of the stringed instruments in songs like these:

Viva La Vida

2cellos - The Show Must Go On

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@New2Viola -

I have similar tastes, plus I like a little of everything else. 🎃 

Enjoyed those 2 videos! 

Just wanted to let you know that when you browse around on the forum you'll find great info, tutorials and play-along sheet music for Viola amongst everything for violin.  Anything the Violin plays on the A, D & G strings, or whatever a Cello plays an octave lower is also fair game for Viola. 

I look at music & think, "now how can I make that cool on the Viola".

Are you familiar with reading the different clefs, or have you learned music more by ear?  

...not trying to overwhelm you.  

- Emily 

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October 25, 2022 - 7:57 am
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I play rock music by ear, but I played trombone throughout high school, so I have a basic ability to read music, albeit at a snail's pace. Most guitar solos I transcribe into TAB, which might be difficult for viola, since there are no fret markers.

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@New2Viola -

That's GREAT news, you're already 10 steps ahead, then! 

I learn mostly by ear.  Reading scores is slow for me, too - I always think treble clef first, which slows me down. 

It's really great you have a teacher to help you learn to use your bow, bowing hand & elbow properly! 

Once you get acquainted with bowing straight & general left hand finger placement - there ARE animated Viola Tab Tutorials to have a little fun with on YouTube, usually presented at normal & half speed (with custom slow down in video settings). 

For example: 

 

There are also plenty of animated VIOLIN Tabs that may seem easier to start with - tunes that only use the A, D & G strings, so also great for VIOLA, e.g., "Mad World" by Gary Jules, or "Believer" by Imagine Dragons (Fiddling with my Whistle). 

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/__QA94kRiTPY/TIqqAqKdoBI/AAAAAAAADcs/YMmpr8W4jHs/s400/099.JPG

 

...many Viola tunes are available as play-along sheet music, too. 

Have fun! 

- Emily

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