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This doesn't directly answer your question but is important: Have a think about how you want to go about it, and the kind of music you'd like to play. I'm guessting you're thinking of classical, given the instruments you mention? I mention this because there seem to be two ways of going about playing music: 1) Learn by ear (ie teach yourself). There's ...


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Viola vs. Violin I would choose viola, if the increased size is not a problem (as could be with short arms, small hands). While the disadvantage is, that you have to learn a more exotic clef, all ensembles I know have a shortage of viola players. The parts are typically less demanding, so all players considering themselves better, chose violin instead, ...


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You were saying that you are still a few years away from being able to pay for lessons, but you can still start now! Give yourself a head start on music theory, from sites like http://www.musictheory.net and https://www.teoria.com/. These are both great and free sites that will teach you music theory. I personally would recommend learning the theory so that ...


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The strings should be fine providing there is no large change in temperature or humidity in the place the violin is going to be stored. If you know that the violin will be subject to changes in temperature and humidity, then it would be advised to loosen the strings. This is because a decrease in the temperature makes the strings shrink which could make them ...



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