I bought a viola yesterday.
I've had a few upheavals in my life recently, and just to cheer myself up I booked a session at the local string shop to try out some violas, thinking I might save up and buy one, find out what size I could play etc, thinking this might be a future project, I always wanted to get a viola when I played violin, and have so much enjoyed learning a new instrument with the clarinet. I played about eight instruments vastly ranging in price and quality, and really fell for one, which then turned out to be the cheapest of the lot!!!! I obviously have great taste but I don't care, I like the instrument. Anyway it was such good value with the case and bow I just blew some savings on it. Only live once!
Had a little play last night - it's just so lovely and rich and resonant, so nice to vibrato on, I don't have any viola music at the moment just been playing random things on it. Think this might be quite fun to play about with although I don't want to detract from my new-found love for the clarinet.
Need to get some music now! Oh and learn to sightread alto clef
Anyone got any suggestions for a former not-too-bad violinist? On violin I tended towards baroque or romantic repertoire, I also have a weird liking for studies generally (I remember Wolfhart and Dont violin studies). Standard-wise, not sure really, I can sightread grade 5/6 violin stuff quite well, but obviously have the clef to contend with.