As we all know, most violists start on violin. Consequently there is almost always a period of transition where you're going from being a violinist to a violist, and often a period where you play both at once, and must identify yourself as either just a violinist, or a violinist and violist. My question is: when do you become a violist? When do you stop feeling like a violinist posing as a violist?
Some possible ideas I came up with...
- When you play a 15"-16" instrument, as opposed to a 14"
- When you can read alto clef fairly well
- When you read alto clef as well as treble
- When you play viola in an ensemble
- When you play important viola rep (like the cello suites)
When do you think the line between violinist and violist is crossed? Is it a mental shift? An emotional one? Or is it just as simple as being able to read a different clef?
In short, when do you go from being "a violinist who plays the viola" to "a violist"? There are obviously no right or wrong answers to this one, I was just curious what other people thought...
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