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A lot of posts have been related to my post but I could find one that fits so I thought I would start this.
I have a full size violin, the back measures 14.25 inches (I don't know for sure if it's really a violin). I switched to 7/8 violin so this violin has been sitting around. This past weekend I had an idea - string it into a viola. When I started to look around for strings, I decided to just get a C strings and keep the rest of them. It turned out that only D string was a little short, so I added a fine tuner. They work fine so far.
I have the strings on on Wednesday night and have played violin tunes on it and love the sound. However, I wonder if anyone have any input about how the difference of strings pressure would harm the violin? Thank you!
I didn't know if I would like it or not, that's why I decided to keep the violin G D & A strings and only bought a C string. My violin strings was a set of Pro-arte so I got a Pro-arte C string to match. I know a violin E string could put 80 pound pressure on the violin, would A string do the same? I thought the thicker the string the lesser the pressure, so putting A string on E slot should have less pressure on the violin top, right? correct me if I am wrong.
I felt the C string is so loose! It vibrates a lot when I draw my bow on it. I felt like I have to use a lot more strength on my bow arm to play on the "viola." Would a viola bow better?
I can't read alto clef easily yet so I basically just play all the violin songs on different scale, e.g., playing a song that was written in A major scale in D major I do like the sound a lot, so I probably will keep it as a viola.
He he he, and I am going to surprise my violin teacher (hopefully she is not on this forum:))
oh boy.. oh boy.. sounds like fun.. I am soooooo going to do this..
I haven't have time to get it together but I have wanted to try it. I love the low tones.. Cello-ish sounds in my house again...
Then again.. i could sneak a viola in to the house..
Kim.. I got your pm... I will send you pics.. lots of them!!
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
Thanks for the pictures in advance!
and yes, it's lots of fun! It's also another motivation for my practice! I mostly just play violin tunes on my "viola" in lower keys. I could only play one song in alto clef (I already knew the tune, so I figured out the first note and followed the note patterns and played -- cheater LOL)
I think I will ask my teacher how to play the viola with my daughter in harmony. May be I will get Suzuki viola book and see if that would work.
hmmm, more curve than 4-string violin, with my small hand and short fingers, it will probably even more difficult for me to play on C string.
My question is: can I fix a 4-string violin into a 5-string violin? I mean the body, say I have a violin kit so I could get a scroll for 5-string violin and fit the bridge for it, would that work?
@denny, what kind of strings do you use on your electrical? Thanks.
I have my eye on a five-string violin, white, and I could varnish it with oil varnish. but I am worrying about the length of the violin, the thickness of the neck, and the width of the bouts. With my short arms and fingers, I already have trouble reaching for G string when I play F major two octaves, so I have concern about reaching for C string. My teacher suggested to just get a viola, which I kind of did by stringing my Stainer copy into a viola. I do like the sound a lot but I still would like to try a 5-string violin. In the worse case, I could always past it to my daughter when she is big enough:)
I was fortunate enough to have a loan of a 5-string ( electric ) for a few weeks - nice.
I have also restrung an old fiddle to viola CGDA tuning - ( it is a 4/4 violin ). Initially, I fitted a viola C (borrowed from a friend) and found it "difficult" to play - tension was much lower and I had to actively "dig in to the string" but I liked the sound....
I then replaced the viola C with a Thomastik Vision violin C string (intended and designed for a 5-string e-violin although this was fitted on an acoustic) - and it is much less "floppy" and does not need so much "digging in to" with the violin bow, and (for me, where I am in my ability) I find it much more "playable"
Just a thought ...
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