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  • #2540

    Michael Sanchez
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    • Contribution Score 567

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

    #2632

    Antoinette
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    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

    Michael Sanchez
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    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

    Meg
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    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!

    #2741

    Antoinette
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    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.

    #2744

    stringdiva010
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    • Contribution Score 22

    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.

    #2799

    hearthelionroar
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    • Contribution Score 60

    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

    Michael Sanchez
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    • Contribution Score 567

    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.

    #3749

    watson0296
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    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.

    #3837

    Elizabeth Davis
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    • Contribution Score 30

    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!

    #4480

    Phillip Sindlinger
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    • Contribution Score 40

    I have been playing the viola since 1968, with many years of interruption. However, about seven or so years ago I took it up again and played in a middle school talent show. as a teacher, plus once at a winter orchestra concert. I do not now have the classical skill to be taken seriously, but years ago I remembered playing Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. The one viola book that I absolutely 80% enjoy is Michael H. Hoffheimer’s Fiddling for Viola. (In that book, anything by Turlough O’Carolan is ironic and heroically great stuff. For who knows to what extent O’Carolan ever heard, let alone saw, a Brit or an Irish violist holding a temporary melody quite constant?)

    Sometimes, when I play much violin music I have to do a double-take or double stop to get the fingering right. Oh yeah, whenever I play in the alto clef and then see music for it written down in the treble clef, mind you for a viola part, it almost freaks me out.

    If truth be told, however, I do somehow manage to stay in first position whenever possible because I am still a mediocre, lazy violist hoping to get enough time to improve in technique and to carry over what I have learned in the violin back to the viola.

    The viola is sometimes a pleasurable lead weight to lug around. For one sure thing, it has lots of bad, online jokes. Does anyone find these jokes at all funny? I do.

    Finally, I like anything that resembles a melody in a good baroque violist’s canon or repertoire.

    #5945

    Sophia Chan
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    I’ve been playing viola for a little over 2 years as a part of my high school’s orchestra in Chicago. I started off in beginning orchestra and my teacher found that I learned quickly and moved me up to the advanced string orchestra the following year but that meant I skipped an entire year of music theory and fundamentals. Since a lot of viola parts in our music don’t utilize shifting, I haven’t had a chance to practice it in the context of a song rather than just scales. Vibrato is also not taught in any of the classes so I need to learn that on my own as well as the shifting. I tried to play with the school’s symphony but after a week I realized my skills were not good enough (also because I entered the class a month late so I was behind on learning the music). The pieces I need to start working on learning are American Sketches by Joshua Reznicow (as an ensemble) and St. Paul’s Suite by Gustav Holst (as an orchestra).

    #5990

    fvanatta
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    Ahh, here’s the viola thread…:)
    I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area but am currently living in Irvine, CA. I started viola in 6th grade and am currently doing my undergrad in viola performance!

    #6122

    Umbreon
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    • Contribution Score 16

    Yes!!! Finally! I found the “oasis”!
    My name is Kara and I’m from Illinois. I’ve been playing for about 10 years now.

    #6591

    Scott Adams
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    • Contribution Score 90

    I’m from the North Dallas area and have been playing viola since I was 10 years old. Twenty-five years later, and I’m now finding my way back to my first love. Though I teach both violin and viola, the bigger sibling will always be my true musical love.

    #8484

    Ana Flores
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    • Contribution Score 23

    I have been playing the viola for 5 years

    #8508

    watson0296
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    • Contribution Score 2

    I’ve been playing the viola off and on since 1960 (I am old!), but I’m currently on hiatus with it because I moved to Costa Rica, and I have been unable to find a community orchestra here. I would prefer to be playing in an orchestra, but for now I have taken up classical guitar instead. I’m playing from my old easy piano books. I moved to Costa Rica from Chicago, where there are very many community orchestras.

    #10353

    Chris Guleff
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    • Contribution Score 87

    I started playing viola while in high school — a little over 50 years ago. I lived in Indianapolis at the time and played both in my high school orchestra and in the IPS All-City Orchestra for four years — one year on the violin and three on the viola. Since that time I have played the viola for myself at home, but have played violin in community groups. I now live in the Denver Colorado metro area, and am getting back into playing viola.

    #14238

    Musiciater
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    • Contribution Score 21

    I’ve been playing viola since 2011. I won a scholarship for the most outstanding young musician in my orchestra and so I bought a viola with the money and not only is it a lot of fun to play, but it also has improved my technique on the violin!

    #14413

    kathyk
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    • Contribution Score 42

    why

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