Re: Want to learn Viola, already play Violin 16:13 on Sunday, May 01, 2005
P.s. what size viola would I need. I currently play a full size violin, and i am quite tall. Also, if you can reccommend me some beginner prices for a viola. I have been checking out some local music shops and the best I have found is £120.00
If you have any other better shops, which are in the UK, can you please give me a link.
Re: Want to learn Viola, already play Violin 17:15 on Sunday, May 01, 2005
If you already play violin, then you will be disappointed with a beginner viola. Be prepared to spend better than 400 or 500 guineas.
I play the violin and I tried out some real cheapies ($250) and they were pretty dreadful. But they were chinese and in a general music shop--not a strings shop.
I bought an instrument & kit for $850 and it worked out really nicely--having tried a bunch up to $2000. I also made sure to try out bows & got a good one which sounded and worked well on the instrument.
It won`t be fun if the set-up is bad, if it sounds lousy and does not respond well. You get what you pay for. If you have to sell your violin to buy the viola, then that is better than buying a junker in my opinion.
Re: Want to learn Viola, already play Violin 17:24 on Sunday, May 01, 2005
Generally 15" is the smallest that a true viola can be, and generally more than that. It is common to find them played professionally in the range from 15.5 or so up to 17+ inches (39.4 - 43+cm). this is the body length not including the little nub where the neck joins, but including the very edge past the purfling. (A violin is usually 14"/ 35.6cm for comparison).
The string length may be just as important to you: a really long neck can mean that 4th finger is a stretch--if you have small hands. But with big hands you need not worry. String lengths violin 13" / 33 cm, 16" viola is about 14.5" / 36.8cm +/- and 15" to 15.3" with 16.5" and larger instruments.
Re: Want to learn Viola, already play Violin 18:22 on Sunday, May 01, 2005
Well the violin I have now is the second one I got, which cost about £160, or was it £180, I can`t remember. I will not get a new violin for quite a bit as I like this one alot, and I am not really a pro. The first violin I got was about £60.
Re: Want to learn Viola, already play Violin 21:25 on Sunday, May 01, 2005
...by all means do both! Most famous violists started by playing the violin...
...I did the same thing...I play violin at the Grade 4-5 level...and I can play my viola (purchased a year ago) almost as well...except I`m still to slow at reading the C clef...
...I play 2nd violin in my community orchestra...and when my clef reading improves, plan on joining another group as a violist...
...I have a very nice intermediate violin...and purchased an advanced beginner viola ($1000 US)...it`s more than good enough for my playing level...don`t make the mistake of getting too poor an instrument...
Re: Want to learn Viola, already play Violin 08:11 on Monday, May 02, 2005
Yeh if you are tall, 15" will be too small.
IMO if you are serious, there is no point getting a really cheap instrument. Go into some shops - try some out, see what you think. Which part of the UK are you from? Around London, some good shops are Guiviers off Oxford Street if you are looking at £1000+, alternatively Strings in Beaconsfield (North of london), Ealing Strings (in the west) um who else that`s probably about it for good shops.
Btw whoever said `guineas` - they haven`t existed for at least 100 years :D. Pounds is the currency in the UK - about US $1.90 to the UK £1. lol.
Re: Want to learn Viola, already play Violin 08:13 on Monday, May 02, 2005
PS also if you get a viola that is too small, then there is a possibility that you will get it confused with the violin. 15" for a viola is pretty tiny - if you think about it a full size violin is 14"! Definately try out some different sizes. As a guide, your hand should be able to reach at least partially around the scroll.
Re: Want to learn Viola, already play Violin 21:28 on Thursday, May 05, 2005
Get a Gliga. They beat any other violas anywhere near the price hands down.
As for the one you mentioned on ebay, two problems. First £15 postage which is rather over the top and makes a total of £110 for a cheap Chinese instrument of unknown quality
The bigger problem though is the number of negs and neutrals this seller has. It is actually quite hard to get a neg selling musical instruments and I wouldn`t touch anyone with less than 99.9% INCLUDING the neutrals.
Re: Want to learn Viola, already play Violin 15:23 on Friday, May 06, 2005
Yes, I`m with Elizabeth on this one. I did`nt get a Gliga, however - I got a Genial 1 (College student = no money). They have great service! Great choice in wanting to play viola - we are sought after, for the most part :-)