Anyone start on viola, and then transition to violin?
I feel like I've only heard about people starting on the violin and then picking up viola after, but not many stories about the reverse. Has anyone heard of this happening?
I mean, they're basically the same instrument. A lot of serious violinists I know also own a viola. I personally don't have trouble switching between the two, either.
I started the viola at 14+yo, partly to replace my disintegrating treble voice, and partly inspired by 78 rpm shellacs of Lionel Tertis and Frederick Riddle. I managed to avoid touching a violin at all until giving lessons a decade later.
I played viola as a teen and then picked up violin when my kids started and both wanted to play violin (to my dismay).
I started on viola at age 8 and picked up violin as an adult.
I feel like students these days only play solo repertoire though?
I have always enjoyed playing, and singing, inner parts: one still hears the "tune" while participating in the harmony.
We don't give a 4/4 violin to a very young student, so only start viola after fully grown. Small Violas, less than 15 1/2 inch, sound awful. I suspect that students assigned the viola in school string classes are more likely to just give it up rather than switch to violin. I started Viola in college. and then immediately got promoted to principal viola.
@Joel "Small Violas, less than 15 1/2 inch, sound awful."