5 Stringed Violas

Most 5 string violas I make are tuned the same as a 5 string fiddle…i.e with an ‘E’ on top. They give a bigger sound than a fiddle and are suited to someone who is comfortable on a viola who wants to play fiddle parts and tunes.

I can make them with different tunings and have even made one that goes down to a Cello ‘C’. That’s an Octave below normal viola tuning.

Sometimes available from stock , otherwise shapes , colours and other details can be decided on at the time of ordering.

Prices are on the In Stock page

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The Charlesworth Hornpipe
Written by Sam McGrady
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Sam wrote this tune in 1988 while he was working on the Northern Frisk Collection with Jamie Knowles and Pat Chandler-Knowles. Pete Cooper credits him as the composer on the CD, which he recorded as part of his online tune collection. It was written for Dave Godwin who lived in Charlesworth Derbyshire. Dave played Piano Accordion and guitar with the Bilbo Baggins Barn Dance Band with whom Sam played fiddle for many years. The tune is popular with musicians around Saddleworth in Greater Manchester.

Application of the tune
Good for dancing and goes well with 'John of the Green, the Cheshire Way'

Tutors Notes
Bridging is a very useful technique to work on in this piece. It is also not a bad idea to work on bow managements trying to keep the bow relatively cantered for all of the string crossing.
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