Any viola teachers out there? I'm a long-armed guy with only average-sized hands and I'm struggling with the normal stretches on my 42.5cm viola. I'm making the effort and often I manage not to go flat, but it takes constant effort whenever I go, say, from C to D in first position on the G string or try to play a major third using two fingers in first position. The last few days I've felt like I'm taming the beast, but is the enterprise really supposed to be like bear-wrestling? Would I be well advised -- assuming I don't ditch the whole thing -- to play something smaller?
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