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Should I pick Viola or Violin?

Well, I'm going to get a viola or violin for Christmas.

I was originally going to get a viola, but my mom phoned our music store and they had no violas in stock, and if we wanted one we would have to order one. But they had violins in stock, so my mom can go down there and get one at any time.

But I researched online and violins have more benefits(it's lighter, has way more sheet music, has more teachers.) However, I love the warm, rich sound of the viola. The violin is still very beautiful, of course, but I'm kind of infatuated with the viola right now.

So it's a bit of a tough choice. The violin has a little more benefits, but I love the violas sound. Which would be best?

So you wanted to play viola but are going to change your mind just because the shop didn't have one in stock? Decide what you prefer to play and play it. Nobody on here can tell you which you would prefer to play.

FWIW, my daughter started on violin in 2nd grade. She played it all the way up through junior high and then switched to viola in high school because they needed more violas in the school orchestra. She was principle violist by the following year and also principle viola in the city youth orchestra. She is now completing her viola performance and music education majors at a pretty top notch music school. She has been principle violist the past 3 years in her college orchestra and has played with a professional orchestra in the area. She has played a number of concertos and is doing a full viola recital this year. The point of all this, I guess, is to say the first of all viola is a beautiful sounding instrument (I like the tone better than violin personally), is not just a secondary instrument but can be the lead instrument in certain pieces, is less "popular" in terms of there being fewer skilled violists than violinists and less competition for prime orchestra seats, and playing viola does not make you "2nd fiddle" by any means. If you want to play viola, go for it!

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