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    Well, now that I've had my viola for several months I must say that I absolutely love the sound of it...:wub:

    ...but my alto clef reading isn't coming along very fast... :angry:

    ...I've just been playing it as if it were a violin, using the same music I play on violin, just to develop my technique on it as well...a little different...have to stretch my hand much more...

    ...my violin playing has improved considerably since I started the viola...I think my finger placement has become more flexible because of the stretching...

    ...all the easy viola music I&#39;ve purchased isn&#39;t very inspirational either...most is just a transcription of easy violin music that I already have... <_<
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    I also have a question...part of the beauty of the sound of the viola (for me at least) lies in it&#39;s lower registers...on the C and G strings...(pulls at my heart strings) yet most of the viola music I&#39;ve looked at is played in the upper registars...esp. high up on the A string (where the E string would be on a violin)...

    ...if you&#39;re going to primarily play way up there...where a violin sounds much better...what&#39;s the point?
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    I love the viola tone too&#33; I think the thing with the lower registers is that they are the special range which only Viola has in that way. But higher registers have also such a warm tone&#33;

    You will be kissed in all orchestras as you are a violist, because they are so rare. A perfect instrument to get into orchestras

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    ...ah yes...I just have to learn to play it first...
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    I think each type of instruments has its own unique tone colour.
    So to me a viola will not sound same or inferior as compared to the violin on higher register.
    I don&#39;t think it&#39;s fair to compare this way... the violion is sweet, silvery , and the viola is just lush and warm, and incredibly &#39;open&#39; compared to the violin on higher registers. But we often hear too many bad viola versions...it&#39;s hard enough to play the viola( not everyone will manage to pull this off, u need really strong and big hands), but to get the broad open tone in upper registers just makes it more impossible.

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    I think you&#39;re right...it&#39;s not fair to compare the sound in the same registar, but I still think the lower strings aren&#39;t utilized as much as they should.
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    I just adore the viola, even though the only recording I have are as follows:

    mozert symphonia concertante with heifetz and primrose, and with oistrach and oistrach junior

    historical recording of brahms sonatas with primrose

    the first thing I will do once I get very good with a violin is get myself a viola.

    I have big hands, and I love the sound, the looks, and the feelings

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    ...I think you should get one too...they sound divine&#33;
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    Back in high school I started to learn how to play the viola, but it&#39;s been so long I can&#39;t read the clef anymore. Sometimes I think I should&#39;ve switched to viola in school because I love the notes in the lower register. Maybe if I took viola I would&#39;ve ended up majoring in music like I originally intended. I think I may keep my sights out for an affordable viola (I think I may be going back to work soon.) I still have my beginning viola book&#33;
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    Reading the clef is very easy, if you practise it for 2 weeks, you get used to it very fast.

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    Reading the clef is very easy, if you practise it for 2 weeks, you will get used to it very fast.

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    I must be practicing wrong...because it&#39;s been about 4 months and I still can&#39;t read to speed...I know what all the lines and spaces are, but I still get lost, or find I&#39;ve inadvertantly shifted to playing as if it were treble clef... :angry:

    ...I can&#39;t get past familiar kindergarten tunes...
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    I&#39;m sure it&#39;ll work out soon, you should be happy, I can&#39;t even read treble quickly, or even relatively slowly, my recorder playing is suffering. :unsure:

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    you should see me when I switched from my sisters soprano recorder to my new alto I kept transposing everything down :blink:

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    ...poor O&#33; I luv the recorder, btw...

    ...well, I was hoping I&#39;d be up to speed on the alto clef by Sept., so I could maybe play viola in an ensemble if I can&#39;t get a spot as a 2nd violin...but I have to be able to read the music (my actual sound on the viola is almost as good as on the violin ...still a little shaky reaching with my pinky for 4th...but otherwise I sound good)...
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