Technique: Moving from violin to viola

Stephen King Australian String  Quartet 2019. Photo by Jacqui  Way

Australian violist Stephen King outlines tips for making the switch

It is well known that many violists decide to switch to the instrument only after they have studied the violin for some years. Besides the obvious issue of the clef change, there are other important adjustments to be taken into consideration. The physical size of the instrument necessitates a different approach to the balance of the body and each hand to enable the player to draw fully into the string to create a good core sound…

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