Violin or Viola?


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Violin or Viola?
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Have a preference?
I offer violin and viola lessons. Many students do not know the difference between the two.


Listen to Discern
I recommend the parent buy or check out (of the library) CDs of violin and viola music for the child to listen to. This helps them hear the difference between the high and the low ranges of the instruments.  


I demonstrate both instruments so the child can see and hear the difference. Then the child chooses the one s/he likes.


Sensitive to High Notes?
I find that a student who would choose viola usually does not like the high sound of the E string on the violin. S/he would likely not have success on the violin and may not be able to articulate why. It is important to identify these children early and give them the chance to flourish on the viola.