Voila! Viola!


This is my new viola! I’ve been thinking about taking piano lessons again for quite a while, but was irked by the fact that I’d have to go to school to practice.

So, inspired by Donna’s recent foray into cello playing, I decided to go the string route and try the viola. It’s my first stringed instrument since I was four and played a tiny violin for about a year, entirely by ear with the Suzuki method. I’m not sure if I’m going to take lessons again, but I’ve rented the viola for three months so I’ll have a good long time to get used to it.

So far today I’ve figured out the first 7 notes of Mary Had a Little Lamb, and probably the same amount of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep…why is is that all the easy songs are about sheep?

Anyway, I’m looking forward to having a new hobby. It’s slightly more respectable than scrapbooking, and decidedly more effort. I’m taking names for my viola if anyone has suggestions. And Viola is definitely out.

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  1. Yay! Where did you rent it from?

  2. Yeah, I’m totally excited! I got it at the Starving Musician, mostly because they were the only ones open on Sunday, and actually had a viola for rent.I’m e-mailing with a teacher about lessons right now!Any name ideas, Donna?

  3. Is it a boy or girl? And do you know what country was it made in? That can be important ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. It’s German, made by Glaesel. I’m not sure if it’s a boy or a girl…how do you check with a viola?

  5. I guess they’re gender shifters- since you can choose. Or are musical instruments like boats, to where they’re generally female?For a girl…Frieda or Etta might be fun…For a boy…I’ve been a big fan of the name Gerhardt lately. But then again, you might want a name that begins with a V, so you can say “Victor the Viola”.

  6. Maybe Wiebke (with the “w” sounding like a v). Or I really like Etta too. I think she is a girl

  7. maybe you should go all out and name her wiebka etta.

  8. I think violas are female. All I can think of is Twelfth Night. Call it Cesario. (No, I haven’t been reading it but we did watch the movie.)

  9. I like Cesario, although it sounds a little bit like Cesarian. Anything more feminine, Ruth?

  10. I agree that violas are female, however, their tone lends to more of a alto…deep voice so I think the name should reflect that. How about Vivica the Viola.

  11. Cesario IS feminine, in that it’s Viola’s name when she’s dressed up as a man so that she can serve in Orsino’s court. ๐Ÿ™‚How about Olivia, if we’re sticking to the whole Twelfth Night theme?

  12. Obviously I haven’t read it. ๐Ÿ™‚After reading all the ideas, I’ve decided on Viktoria. Tomorrow night is my first lesson, yea!

  13. Viktoria the Viola – great choice. ๐Ÿ™‚

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