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    Michael Sanchez
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    Let the community know how long you have been playing for and where you are from!

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    Antoinette
    Participant

    I played viola in grades 4-6 (late 1970s) and picked it up again in November of 2014. I’m having a great time learning how to play again. I’ve lived my whole life in Sacramento, California.

    #2652 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    That is great Antoinette! How did you find our site and have you been enjoying it so far? A lot of topics that have “violin” could also relate to viola (as you might have already found). Wondering your opinions from a violist perspective!

    #2739 Reply

    Meg
    Participant

    I have been playing viola for about 5 years. I play in two local orchestras; I also play violin in another local orchestra. My main instrument, however, is violin. Since it is a hassle carrying two instruments to orchestra rehearsals, I have recently purchased a 5 string violin so I can play viola or violin and only carry one instrument. It has given me a few challenges in that I have to remember to avoid the last string, either E or C depending on which instrument I am playing. Practice makes perfect!

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    Antoinette
    Participant

    I found your site just googling around. I look at your site often but haven’t taken advantage of the free lessons yet. I am loving learning how to play. Self taught for the time being and I am part of a music band/orchestra that involves young kids and adults up to 60+ years. I also play snare and bass drum and other auxiliary percussion. It’s great fun. If I could get good enough I’ll try for a community orchestra. It was one of your videos of an older client who picked up violin and is now enjoying playing in local community orchestras. It encouraged me to try.

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    stringdiva010
    Participant

    I’ve been playing viola for about 25 years. I started playing violin in 5th grade, then started viola in 9th grade. I fell in love with the lower tones!! I formed a string trio with two of my friends and we did competitions and performances all around our area. I was principal violist in college and now teach privately. I would love to start gigging again, if only I had the time.

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    hearthelionroar
    Participant

    I’ve been playing the viola since 7th grade. I played the violin in 5th-6th grade, but fell in love with the sweet sound of the viola!

    #3062 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    I’ve been playing the viola for about 6 years. I never attempted to learn it until I was starting to get calls for viola lessons. The technique is similar in a lot of ways, and it just took some time to get used to the alto clef. My partner who is in California is a violist who has been playing over a year.

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    watson0296
    Participant

    I’ve been playing the viola off and on since 1960, but with some long interruptions, such as when I spent three years in the army. But I’ve been back at it steadily for the past ten years or so, including refresher lessons.

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    Elizabeth Davis
    Participant

    I’ve been playing viola for a couple years now, off and on. Cut my teeth as it were preparing to play viola in a community level orchestra concert that included excerpts from Dvorak New World symphony (no pressure!).

    I’m playing viola in a summer string orchestra again this summer where we’re playing Tchaikovsky string serenade and other (for me) challenging pieces. I just wish I could “get” a good vibrato. It’s different enough from low strings where I have 35+ years experience that I just can’t seem to do it from the inverse position!

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