My teacher says I'm ready to start working my way through a beginner's viola book.
Any recommendations? I did a quick check on Amazon and found this:
Is that ok, or is there something better to begin with?
Thank you, I appreciate your thoughts. I am very much a beginning beginner. My teacher is not familiar with books in English, since most of her students are German speaking, but she'd said she'd take a look at anything I was considering, so I might ask her to take a look at the Suzuki book and see if it's appropriate.
The Suzuki books are a fine selection of pieces for beginners. As Mouse has already mentioned, they don't contain a lot of explanation, because they assume there's a teacher. (They were designed to allow children to start learning music before they could read language.)
I understand that the Suzuki books for violin, viola, and cello don't really start to differ until Book 3. Before that, they contain the same pieces of music, though some pieces may be in different keys to suit the different instruments.