Violin and Viola

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said: May 13, 2008
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I have been playing the violin for almost 9 years, and I would like to learn how to play viola. One of my friends also wants to, but her teacher told her it would mess up her violin playing. She has only been playing for 1 1/2 years. I have played longer than her, but I am wondering If it would mess up my playing too.


Connie Sunday said: May 13, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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No, I don’t think it will mess up your playing at all. On the contrary, it will increase the level of your musicianship enormously. Can’t hurt a bit.

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Jennifer Visick said: May 20, 2008
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Go for it. The ability to play both viola and violin is a definite plus. It will end up giving you a bigger picture (regarding music, melody and harmony) to play viola parts as well as violin parts, and it will probably end up being good for your technique.

After a certain point, I require all my students to spend a little time studying both instruments, regardless of which instrument is their primary one.


said: May 20, 2008
 17 posts

Thanks! Now, it’s just a matter talking my parents into getting me a viola!

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