I knew about a great Violin source, but just found the matching Viola tutorial channel!
Shows the notation, names of notes, finger placement and which fingers to use, AND you hear it - anyone can learn with these!
You might enjoy playing this one - maybe not challenging enough for you, but I think it's a lovely tune! It's got a couple motifs you could experiment with moving around on your fingerboard, maybe even to a different key.
I've been trying to get my vibrato good enough to record this on my 5-string Violin - but, my version has me shifting to 3rd position for some of the D, A & E string.
Isabella's Lullaby - from "The Promised Neverland", by Takahiro Obata - with 5 flats!
@ELCBK this is beautiful ! As I don't own a 5 string viola, I can see how this would necessitate some shifting around… or transposing some parts an octave down, maybe. I'll try it. There's even a 'karaoke' version that can serve as a backing track : Isabella's lullaby backing track
Please share a video whenever you're ready :--) I may do the same, depends on the difficulty, I'm not familiar with sheet music so I don't know whether "5 flats" means it's hellish or if it can be fine…
You said something about having a 5-string viola at some point in the future ? basic question, but the strings are tuned the same as a 5-string violin ? C, G, D, A, E ?
That video version I shared doesn't use more than a 'high' 4th finger - in 1st position, but it's a stretch.
Seems people who can only read sheet music, and can't play by ear - get freaked out by more than 1 or 2 flats or sharps... and micro tones. 🤣
I learned "Isabella's Lullaby" from watching, listening and slowing down several videos. It's a great way to keep our brains sharp!
I can read sheet music. But, I watched 2 fiddlers meet up for the 1st time - one played a beautiful tune that the other fiddler had never heard before. ...there was NO sheet music. It only took a couple MINUTES before the other fiddler played that new tune - and then he was able to play along with the other fiddler. So, that was my main goal from the start.
My use of sheet music is extremely minimal - only if I get really stuck or want to check something.
It's the vibrato that still makes me shout bad words! (lol) I'm STILL trying to get used to having my elbow far enough under!
YES, the 5-string Violin AND 5-string Viola, both have CGDAE strings. So, I can play Violin & Viola music on both of them... when I get my new Viola. (lol)
There's much more potential for creative playing with 5 strings. I'm glad I started with the smaller and 5 strings - to gain confidence!
Oh sorry, I didn't pay attention, this is for standard 4-strings viola... dunno why I thought it was 5-strings, maybe I need new glasses ! but I still think it's worth going up the fingerboard for a mellower sound. I don't like playing "sad-ish" tunes on the A string in first position.
When you get your 5-viola, we'll want to hear it, of course.
Agreed about vibrato - no easy thing. It comes sooooo gradually... mine is getting better with time, but still not what I'd like.