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Phillip Sindlinger

Well, sometimes sight reading violin music remains a challenge when I lose concentration and my muscle memory goes juvenile. (In fact, sometimes I consider myself a violist of the past no matter how many hours I put in learning the E and G strings without alto C. [This site is not violiatutorpro.com, right?] There went two bad jokes from a once proud violist.)

There is a helpful book entitled Fiddling for Viola by Michael H. Hoffheimer which is worth every ounce of gold that it takes to read. It has parallel melodic lines in both key signatures> That book helped me a whole lot. If I was not so focused on playing Bach someday, I would say…. here I digress…. a bit, that I sure do wonder if Turlough O’Carolan ever heard a melody or a viola or anything resembling music by Bach in his life.

You will find some great tunes for either instrument (viola and violin) that carry O’Carolan’s name and transcribed by Hoffheimer.

(Oh yeah, I meant to write “retreat” in my original bio statement instead of whatever typo you read. I do feel like sometimes I am a running rebel when I retreat to reading alto clef.)

When I first played that $213 violin of mine in 1984, that was stolen three years later from my car, I guess I was so happy to play a line of melody, as a former violist, that everything went ape in my RIP as violist life. That remains not such much a bad thing, but I picked up more than a few bad technique habits especially of the bow since no one was supervising my learning violin folly. I also am and was wordy because of it.

Well, ask a violist about it and this is what you get. Do you like Bach’s Brandenburg concertos as much as I do? I must run!