This may be a stupid question, but its something that I've been thinking about for last few weeks.
I've mentioned recently that I have changed my first study to the viola. So my question is, if I learn a technique on the viola, is it easily transferable to the violin (like bowings etc.)?
The substantial part of my practise is doing scales, pieces and technical stuff on the viola. I only do around 30 minutes a week of scales on the violin (which I think is enough).
Thanks in advance!
Bowings should be much the same unless I'm missing something obvious.
@Gemma, i don't mean to insult your intelligence, but by bowings I mean bow strokes (martelle, stacatto etc.)
Just for the avoidance of doubt haha
The good news is that most of what you learn on the viola is largely transferable to the violin, but there are a number of subtle differences to be mindful of. In addition, you may find many technical things easier on the violin than on the viola e.g double stops, playing in the high positions, making a big sound, etc.
Ella, thats what I was going for thanks!
Ella's comments are spot on!
" I only do around 30 minutes a week of scales on the violin (which I think is enough)."
Scott, if viola is his first study, is 30 minutes of scales a week on violin enough? Or am I misunderstanding him?
No Ella you've got it. I figure if I learn stuff on my viola, when I practise my violin scales I can practise various things while doing them
After a session on viola, I like to spend 10 minutes on the violin, and vice versa.
I do 2 hours per day for my viola anyway
Ella and Adrian covered everything I would say.
A lot of violin professors have their students do some viola because, well, it's harder to play in nearly all aspects. Not just harder but different. Ella nailed that part so I have nothing to add. But it forces you to be more adaptable. Now, when you pick up a different violin it'll respond differently than your violin, but you'll be better at making the adjustment. This will be a "transferable skill" just by itself when it comes time to buy a new bow because you need to try like thousands of them. Also, playing viola is kind of like standing in the on-deck circle with a lead doughnut on your bat. Take a few swings with that, and then when you get up to the plate (with your violin), it feels so much easier.