Originally Posted by jeeViola
Why do you play the viola?
Because you like the sound?
Because it's easier?
Because the violin is too small?
Because high pitch noises drive you nuts?
Because you couldn't afford the Cello?
Because the Cello is too big for your bicycle?
Because it's whatever I feel like I wanna play...Gosh!
I played the violin at first, then switch to the viola team after trying someone elses viola. I prefer the sound and the size suits me better.
I got a really good deal on a Juseck Viola, but found that
afterwards I had enough time to be good on the bass but
not enough time to be good on both bass and viola. My
wife (who died just a year ago) took up the viola after
15 years on the violin. She did a fine job of it. too.
I miss her with an ache that just does not go away.
Here is a poem on this most wonderful of instruments.
(uhhh AFTER the BASS, of COURSE!)
Eat out thy heart, O Cello proud,
and violin go don thy shroud.
Pray Saint Cecilia’s mercy mild,
forgive thy up and down bows wild.
For she in sacred restitution,
blessed VIOLA’S contribution,
Paying IT the compliment
of genius’ favoured instrument.
-- David Teague, cs.wcu.edu/~dbt -- Advocating Free Software and Double Bass tuned in fifths -- Classical Bass www.dennismasuzzo.com; www.silviodallatorre.com; www.joelquarrington.com
-- Jazz Upright Bass Red Mitchell, home.teleport.com/~mimuma/; www.larryholloway.com/;