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Any members who play viola or are learning viola out there?
I have switched from cello lessons to viola lessons ...
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August 22, 2020 - 8:56 am
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I have switched from cello lessons to viola lessons. I still love my cello with a passion, but I am working it on my own now. I am putting what I have learned into pieces I want to play, or redoing lesson songs to strengthen the lessons learned. 

I love my viola as much as I do my cello. I am loving my lessons. I am on hiatus now because I think I may have developed a rosin allergy issue. Do not change this thread to a discussion about that. I am working on solving that issue, and for now, will not discuss it further, That is not the reason for this post. I am just trying to keep learning, while not playing and getting lessons.

Who else plays or is taking viola lessons? It would be great to get a thread started about "Viola Lessons". If there is enough interest, maybe we could get a "Learning Viola" section so that tips about learning to play the viola are not mixed in with just talk about the viola, song recommendations, etc. It won't be worth it if there is not enough interest by people wanting to learn viola, and violists willing to share tips and/or answer questions. 

If you are a "guest" visiting the forum and play viola or are learning viola, think about joining the forum so you cam join the discussion. 

Please reply if you are imterested.

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August 22, 2020 - 3:20 pm
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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.

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August 22, 2020 - 3:54 pm
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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.

August 22, 2020 - 6:35 pm
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Thanks for the replies. I tend to be very literal and every time I see the section heading, Viola Talk, I think of viola chit chat, even though I have read threads in this section with learning tips. I also meant, Learning Viola, not Viola Lessons.

I guess it was a Duh! moment. 😂

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August 23, 2020 - 9:39 pm
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@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

Peace Out,

JohnBAngel 😊

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