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  1. Viola da gamba, day 1

    So today was my first day of playing a viol. It's a treble, and it's fairly difficult to play, though not really in ways I would expect.

    First, the fact that I'm using a completely different set of muscles from those used to play viola doesn't seem to bother me. It's the same basic set of principles: you make the bow sound using the natural weight of your arm, the bow grip actually feels quite nice and relaxed, and the strings react in more or less the same way as does the modern
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