I am a violinist, but i would definatley say start with the viola. For the viola, you have to learn all 3 different clefs, G, F, and C. This means that it would be more work to begin with, but you will see the beneifits later. Note: viola and violin are very close to eachother in the finger movements, shifting, vibrato, etc. Starting with either one, its not going to be very hard to switch to the other. However, viola also gives you a better understanding of the cello aswell, so the more mastery you have of that will also help you if you continue to learn stringed instruments in the future.
Im just going to warn you, it's pretty frustrating at the beginning because the learning process is kind of slow for about the first year because there is a lot to learn as far as technique goes. Dont worry if you feel like you are learning more slowly than you have on other instruments. Of all the instruments i play, I find the violin the most rewarding... :)
· 1 decade ago