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#beginquote# To answer the original question, there's a couple of other things besides what's already been mentioned, to take into account. Violin music is typically a little harder than viola music. So if your son knows that he will never stick with the violin, but will eventually move to the guitar (a knowledge he's probably too young/underexposed to have), then you may not want to give him the challenge of having to play harder music on an instrument he's gonna give up on anyway. On the other hand, violists have to learn a completely different clef (the dreaded alto clef). So if your son knows that he will never stick with the viola, but will eventually move to the guitar (again, a knowledge he's probably too young/underexposed to have), then it may be easier for him to go with the violin so that he doesn't have to mess around with learning a different clef. On the off chance that he does like whatever instrument he chooses, you could also consider that it's probably easier to make it professionally as a violist, since they are generally in shorter supply. Everybody and their grandmother (as far as classical music is concerned) plays the violin. #endquote#
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