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I'm learning viola but not taking lessons, so I doubt I would be much use. However, I would indeed be interested in a thread more specifically about viola, highlighting the differences between violin and viola playing and technique (basically I've been learning : with a violin method, with violin youtube videos, and with books written about violin - it's essentially the same of course, but I think all that applies to violin may not exactly apply to viola, and vice versa : right ?).
As I'm nowhere near advanced enough, I fear I wouldn't be able to contribute much to that thread though, and least on the "answering questions" side.
I play viola, but I've only ever had a handful of lessons, and the first was not until I had been playing for 16 years and had been principal violist of a community orchestra for three years, so I don't know if I can contribute much to any discussion of lessons below advanced (or at least upper-intermediate) level.
As it is, recent discussion in "Viola Talk" seems to be mostly about learning the viola, so I don't know that there's a real need for anything specific about learning the viola. I've been hesitant to post anything about viola repertoire anyway, because my posts about viola in "Great Performances" have gotten very little attention, which suggests that there isn't a lot of interest in the viola music I want to highlight.
@Mouse and @AndrewH,
I have been playing viola for a couple of months now and I alternate it with the violin.
I usually do 1 viola session for 4 violin sessions. I am finding that I may be enjoying the viola more than the violin. I have been taking violin tunes and transposing the key in the viola. It actually helps me with my understanding of key signatures and transposition.
Andrew- I'm sorry about not seeing your viola posts- I will look for them as we move forward.
Thank you all for your thoughts- I will look at Viola Talk and perhaps post up something that I think is worth discussing- now you have me thinking