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Amy Jean

Viola Or Violin?

November 8, 2009 at 5:40 PM

I play the violin in my school's string ensemble. But I think the viola's sounds are fascinating. I've never played it before but would like to try. Has anyone ever played it before or mastered it?? Is is better than the violin? Or is the violin better?

From Elinor Estepa
Posted on November 8, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Hi! your going to love them both!--Mastering them both is all up to you.

I started violin 4 years ago, and hit a wall on it, then, I started viola, just to take away my mind from my wall, then, all of a sudden, the joy of playing the violin is back. it seems that evrything on the violin are little easy, than viola, it will sure benefits both your playing. it will compliments each other for they have very different voices.


You will love it, thats for sure!  Learn to read alto clef first though, that will give you a good start, reading and hearing the notes.


Goodluck!  I join the orchestra and I play viola on that, and got more invite to play with other novice/ amateur musicians.


From Amy Jean
Posted on November 9, 2009 at 2:02 AM

   Thanks for filling me in. Tomorrow I'm going to tell my teacher that I would like to learn how to play the violin next term. I'll be sure to learn the alto clef first. Thx!!!

From Bonny Buckley
Posted on November 12, 2009 at 1:26 AM

Go for it!  I love both but viola maybe a little more as it's kind of more like playing the orchestra because it doubles so many instruments at various times, plus can be its own section plenty of times too.  I also love the texture it creates in the mix.  But without violin maybe I wouldn't feel that way so I definitely love both.  What helped me learn to read the alto clef quickly was that middle C is also kind of in the middle of the finger pattern on viola in first position.  Good luck and happy playing!

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