a 2015 interview with Violinist.com: "It's something I can recommend to every violinist."When it comes to playing the viola, the multi-talented musician Julian Rachlin said in
Rachlin's teacher, Pinchas Zukerman got him started with the viola, and Rachlin continued the tradition: "All my students play both instruments....I saw the difference it made for my violin playing, and for my growth as a musician, to play the viola, and especially to discover chamber music from the viola part."
This leads me to our vote of the week: Do you play the viola?
Personally, I don't play the viola, though I made a small step in that direction by getting a five-string electric fiddle that happens to have a C string. But let's face it: that's not the same thing, and I don't claim to play the viola! I greatly admire my switch-hitter colleagues who can play one concert in the violin section and then the next one with the violas! Bravo!
And then there are those with full dedication to the lower tones of the viola, who have taken the jokes in stride and continue to create that rich sound that, along with the cello, forms the basis for good string sound in any ensemble.
What is your experience with viola-playing? Do you play the viola at all? If so, do you regularly play both instruments, or do you lean toward one or the other? Or are you pretty much dedicated to just the violin or just the viola? Please answer the question in the vote and then share your viola thoughts and experiences.
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