QUOTE(echelon @ May 13 2008, 03:28 PM)
I have to say that I'm NOT loving Alto Clef!!!!!!!!
I'm just seeing the notes as positions on the strings rather than trying to name them as I'm playing - I'm hoping that it just sinks in that way, rather than making an intellectual exercise out of learning it!!!!
It's the only thing that's causing me probs really. Other than that, I LOVE the viola and it's great to have lessons.
My beginners book is full of music for kids though - I'd really like to have a 'proper' book with some classical stuff in. I hate the Old Macdonald stuff!!!!
If anybody can recommend a beginners viola book that's more geared towards adults then I'd be really grateful - something I can order off the 'net perhaps?
If you treat the alto clef as an extension/overlap of the treble clef, with middle C on the middle line, it all makes sense - that is what is working for me anyway. I am a violinist beginning viola, and don't have much experience of alto clef but it's falling into place with this approach.
Also writing out simple tunes to play for yourself would help - I haven't really looked for any books yet so this has been useful for me.
Hope that is helpful,
And I have just thought, if you have something like Sibelius it is easy to transpose music so you could use some of your easier flute/piano repertoire as a way of playing things you like.