I’m not sure if we’ve come across each yet on the Facebook groups, but I wanted to introduce myself. I’m the resident violist here at Violin Tutor Pro, so your post here caught my attention! I’ve actually played on a Vitale viola, and one of my students currently owns one as well. It’s such a great instrument – especially for the price range Michael has it listed!
As for where to get started on viola – many of the good violin studies you’ve worked with also have a viola transcription. Essential Elements is also great to get you reading alto clef. If you’ve been playing violin for any amount of time, all of those physical skills will translate over perfectly. Usually, it’s the change of clef that throws folks off at first. Focus on that, as well as the change of string placement, and I think you’ll find yourself in a pretty good place. How long have you been playing violin at this point? That may help me suggest a few other avenues. 🙂
Either way, here’s a great edition of the Sevcik studies edited by the great violist, Lionel Tertis.
Here’s another one that’s actually in the public domain for free download:
Hofmann – First Studies for Viola
Scott – VTP Instructor