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May 14, 2017 - 3:28 pm
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Hello everyone from sunny Southern California!  My name is Kev Thompson.  I'm pretty dang stoked that I found this site!  I first started playing the viola at age 8.  Sadly being a Navy brat I stopped when I was 12 due to my father getting orders to a new duty station. 

As a Navy psychologist, I advise people to make sure they are doing things to feed their "souls".  Knowing I should take my own advice, I decided to take up playing the viola again.  This past February I purchased a 16" Cecilio CVA-400.  However, I was getting pretty mean shoulder and neck strains.  A month later I purchased a 15" CVA-500 viola, hoping it would do the trick.  I was impressed at how much I remembered (reading the notes and intonation).  Sadly, I was still getting neck and shoulder pains.  Two weeks ago, I purchased a 4/4 Cecilio CVN-300 violin in hopes that the smaller size would help out. 

To my surprise, it has not given me any pains.  But... wow... it's SO much different than the viola.  Now I'm trying to get used to the strings, notes , etc.  I still SUCK, but man... I do love the feeling I get when I put bow to string.  I'm schuper duper jazzed on the decision I made (even at age 39).

Best wishes to you all and hope to interact with you all!


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May 14, 2017 - 4:09 pm
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Welcome to the forum Kev @kkthompsonjr 

I restrung one of my fiddles ( standard 4/4 size ) as a viola using a C intended for a 5-string violin.   Doesn't really sound like a viola, but it of course has the range !   Glad to know you have found a pain-free solution for playing - even if it means having to go up a fifth ! LOL

Best wishes with your return to playing !

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Fort Lauderdale
May 14, 2017 - 10:15 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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Welcome to the forum Kev,

Of course it's sad that you had to quit under those circumstances but maybe you wouldn't have the same great passion to learn as you do now if you didn't quit.

You are so right about feeding the soul. I might be wrong, but I think that you only live once and you should try to make the best out of it. 🙂

I do get why you had pains and why you are not now, but please always keep it in your mind. Take regular breaks and consciously relax your neck, shoulders, back, arms...... Avoid excess pressure when holding your instrument. You want to get into good habits so that you can play for many hours without concern to hurting yourself.

Looking forward to hearing more about your restart and shift to the violin....

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May 16, 2017 - 3:11 pm
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Welcome to the forum, Kev! I'm glad you didn't give up, and kept going until you found what works for you 🙂 

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California, the place of my heart
May 17, 2017 - 5:38 pm
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Hello and welcome.

Yes, feed your soul. 🙂

So stoked to have you here.

Good luck and happy tunes.



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