Only since the summer. I've decided I need to expand my instrumental range (my range only consists of clarinet and keyboard...wah wahhh). So, I'm TRYING to self-teach myself, but it's freaking hard! Like, I knew that going into it, but still. Anywho, I learn by ear best, but maybe I'll look into taking lessons. (beeteedubs, I'm Morgann) How long have you been playing the viola?