Tonight, after we tried and failed for the 35th time to play some syncopated passage in my beloved Ives, the conductor had me put the bow down and just pizz. And it worked, and as an added bonus it was even perfectly in tune and I could do any dynamic (within reason; after all, it was pizz). By golly. It's the bow that trips me up. I should never have quit playing bass guitar.
Other than that, it was a pretty crap rehearsal. It should have been good. They all should be good. Regarding this study of viola, I often feel as though I do the same thing over and over and nothing changes. That's not how things should be. All lines should rise, and point to the right.