WHY WRITE A VIOLA BLOG?

It has so often been asked what are the secrets of the great luthiers of the golden age – Stradivari, Guarneri, Amati. How have the techniques that made these great instruments been lost. I think it is interesting to look at Guarneri for example. Here is a family where three generations of luthiers built some amazing instruments. But some of the techniques of the grandfather, which we try to reverse-engineer today, are already not present in the instruments of the son.

Why am I sharing this? It's because I think that in the end, we are stewards of the information we are fortunate enough to collect. I feel very fortunate to have had such a great education. Both violin and viola teachers who bestowed on me the methods for playing that were passed down to them. But also conductors, singers, musicologists, and even people who are completely unconnected to music who gave me insight into something musical.

In this blog, I am going to try and write some of this information down, and make it accessible to anyone who is curious.

I hope to add a comment section soon so that these posts may become a beginning of a discussion. Until then, feel free to email me with your thoughts.