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What kind of Instrument do I Play? 5-String Viola

Posted on February 24, 2010

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 MY 5-STRING VIOLA

First thing folks, is that I don't play a fiddle/violin. I play a 5-string viola, which I had built for me by a world-class viola maker, David Burgess, from Ann Arbor, Michigan. One of my teachers used to tell me as a teenager, "you should play viola because you have the hands for it." Not only that, I always preferred the sound of a viola to a fiddle. My instrument encompasses the strings of both the violin and viola. Because of the size of my instrument (halfway between a normal-size viola and a full-size violin), the sound I get has both qualities . . . sweet yet punchy!