I just made an impulse purchase of a viola after a couple months of flirting with the idea. So if I just play fiddle tunes using the same fingerings, I am playing down a fifth from normal pitch, and everything sounds, well, fairly awesome as far as I am concerned. But I am sure this sort of “cheap thrills” effect will wear off eventually.
I am curious who else uses viola in Irish trad music . Just what you do with it? Do you work out how to play the tunes in regular pitch? Do you play with other viola players? Do you come up with harmonies, counterpoints, and such? So you bring your viola to sessions?