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  1. Options for creating a darker sounding violin

    Maybe look at what is done with violin sized violas to give the darker sound.
  2. Starting viola

    A4 at 415Hz is simply a half step lower than A 440 and may be regarded as G# or Ab of A 440 pitch. This business of having A4 at different pitches has messed up my sense of absolute (perfect) pitch to a degree.
  3. Starting viola

    That approach did not work for me since I have sort of an absolute (perfect) sense of pitch. Instead I think of alto clef having the two bottom lines of treble clef on top, a line for Middle C, and the two top lines of the bass clef on the bottom.
  4. Publishers and clefs

    My understanding is soprano clef is a C clef on the bottom line so middle C is the bottom line. Treble clef is a G clef placed on the second line from the bottom, rendering that line as G above middle C (G4). I have never seen viola music written in soprano clef.
  5. String gauges; light - medium - heavy

    I know I'm nitpicking, but pressure is force/area, e.g., pounds per square inch. String tension is force.
  6. Publishers and clefs

    There was a clef a fifth below the treble clef, known as the mezzo-soprano clef. I have wondered also why that clef was not used for violas. I think of alto clef as the two bottom lines of treble clef, a middle C line, and the two top lines of bass clef.
  7. Publishers and clefs

    If you play cello I think tenor clef is easy. The strings are tuned in fifths and tenor clef is a fifth above bass clef.
  8. Publishers and clefs

    I have seen choral music where all 4 parts (SATB) go from the grand staff (treble and bass clefs) to individual staffs, and the tenor part, first written with bass clef to its individual staff with octave below treble clef. I think in this case for consistency the tenor part should have been rendered in bass clef for the individual staff. Choral tenor very rarely goes above G4 (3 ledger lines above the bass staff).
  9. Beautiful Viola with orchestra

    The instrument has 4 strings, and judging by the some left hand positions, it has an E string. Therefore it's a violin.
  10. Violin finger tapes : Help beginner

    I do not recall at all using tapes to learn to play the violin. I think it would be better to place the fingers in the right positions to get the right pitches, much like singing the correct pitches.
  11. Forgotten Viola repertoire

    I say a bass, cello, or viola are much better instruments to play that work instead of the arpeggione. I think the metal frets on the arpeggione give an unpleasant edge to the sound.
  12. Why mortise the neck?

    If you wore a kilt, skirt, or dress you would have no problems. You can get ideas from .
  13. Making a harp

    You can get harp plans from:
  14. J. Curtin Viola Design "Evia"

    I concur. There's a timeless classic appearance to Joseph's Evia viola. Its C bouts are a happy medium between what I believe are ridiculous protrusions of the corners of C bouts of violin family instruments and the outline of guitars. Also the simplified scroll is not so ostentatious as the customary scroll. We wear plainer clothes than what people wore in the Baroque era. In my opinion the Evia viola is more in keeping with current fashions.