It’s funny, the transition to the viola seemed really easy to me — I was in high school and took a viola home for the summer. I had a mental trick to read alto clef: I just pretended I was playing the violin in 3rd position until I got used to the clef. Another difference is bow pressure — having to dig in a little harder and taking longer strokes. I liked that because I always was a little heavy-handed on the violin. What I really like is the depth and intensity of the viola sound.