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Lurker with a thousand questions.

March 24, 2010 16:06


I've been reading here for quite a few months, trying to convince myself to go pick up the dang violin and start again. I'm getting into the routine of practicing everyday, building a few minutes every day.

One of many issues has been my bow. It sucks, the sweet spot is violent and about 2/3 the way up the bow. Today I was in a larger town and went into a mall music store. I was stunned to see they actually had violas there, so out of curiosity I went in and tried one. The nice clerk rosined up a bow for me, and away I went.

So here are the first couple of my questions. Is viola really okay for somebody who will probably always only play in her basement for herself? What is there to play? And was I a fool to fall for that (short, heavy) viola bow? (I brought it home with me. I love the weight of it with my violin. The shortness will be an issue some day, I'm sure.) Are all viola bows really that short?

Thanks so much, from somebody who is just squeaking along for fun.

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