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    Hi everyone,
    I plan to play this piece for my friend’s birthday. It is the very first song I learned with my teacher. However, at that time, with my level, my teacher didn’t require much. I realise that my tempo was not right and rythm was not even. My dynamics didn’t follow the symbols in the sheet. I can’t find the sample video to illustrate all the matter I’m encountering.
    It was composed by Beethoven, but I only know its Vietnamese name, I can’t find its real name. So please let me know if you realise it.
    I really love it. I want to give it a try again. Here are my questions:
    1/ is 101 the tempo of eighth note? I need to set the tempo = 101 and meaure = 6 in the metronome, don’t I? I want to play at tempo set forth by composers so that I can interpret as close as possible.
    2/I wonder whether “mf”, “.>”, “dim” are used for 2 notes it’s under or for all the notes after that?
    3/ with the tenuto sympol under E note in the line 2, I found this discription “legato accent this can be used at any dynamic level and is a slight stress without a noticable attack and held to the full duration of the note”. I can make sense of it. However, It is in the same stroke with the previous E note. I often stop the bow before play the next E. I’m not sure wether it’s correct or not.
    I’m looking forward to recieving for instructions.
    con culi

    #14334 Reply

    Dianne Adkins

    Chan, I will be delighted to help you with your quest. (or any violin quest!) The music or video did not load. Can you try again?

    #14335 Reply

    Dianne Adkins

    Let me start by giving general answers and maybe ask some questions. I think the 101 tempo must be on the sheet music. Usually, before the tempo number there is a note value, like an 8th note or a quarter note, then, an equal sign (=), then the number. So if that is what you see, it’s telling you 8th note goes 101 bpm. I must say, it is unusual to request 101 bpm. Usually it is an even number, so maybe that was a typo. Don’t get too bogged down with tempo markings like that, though because it is a suggestion by the editor, not the composer. You will hear well known, well loved pieces played at a wide range of tempos, so you have some room to work in.

    I would definitely need to see the music to answer the second question.

    As for tenuto over one note, this is usually asking you to break the tempo by stretching that note slightly to give it emphasis. Of course, the interpretation must be taken in context of the musical line, so once I see that music, I can confirm or explain it more.

    #14351 Reply

    I still see it in my post. However, I’m going to post it again
    con culi

    #14354 Reply

    Dianne Adkins

    All I see is a circle with a line. Its like a minus sign. Nothing to see.

    #14355 Reply

    Please click the link below.

    #14364 Reply

    Dianne Adkins

    Hi Chan! I can see the music at the link now. The number 101 appears over the treble clef. I think this is not a tempo marking but simply a measure number. I would make nothing more of it. There are some notes and writing in the upper left corner. What do they say about 8th note = ? Maybe we can get a better clue about tempo from that.

    The decrescendo in line two marks the end of a phrase. Play more loudly on the first note (B natural) and less loudly on the second note (E natural on beats 4 and 5), which is the phrase end. Now even though what follows in the sixth 8th note beat is another E natural tied by a slur, it is musically a ‘pick up’, and it belongs to the next phrase. The dash tells you to make sure it sounds a little separated from the previous E natural, but still it wants to be UP bow as all pick ups should be. Maybe you will stop the bow, but maybe not completely. Give it a little impulse of speed in the bow to say ‘new beginning’ in the music. You have no dynamic marking next, but bring more sound than you did when ending the previous phrase. Grow dynamically into the new phrase of line two. But it is an ‘echo’ of line one, so keep it softer than you played it the first time. Phrase one in line one yells over the mountains. In phrase two, the mountain echos back. It is always distant and more gentle.

    The diminuendo (dim.) near the end asks you to begin fading away, meaning ‘a decrease in loudness and intensity’. The decrescendo symbol, which follows, means the same thing, so continue fading away until the last note is complete.

    Happy weekend!

    #14365 Reply

    Dianne Adkins

    Here is the piece played on piano. This will give you some guidance about tempo. Also, the performer adds a few grace notes on the second phrase that are pretty. She also plays the ‘B’ phrase again up an octave, which you are also free to do.

    #14372 Reply

    Firstly, I’m sorry for my ambiguous expression. I’m not used to the musical terminology.
    Writting in the upper left corner is that the 8th note= 1 bpm.
    Now I understand more. Your illustration about the moutain echo is so vivid.
    About grace note, I intrigue when I can start to learn it. 😀
    I haven’t practiced 3th, 5th position officially. I try playing up an octave, it’s sound interesting. However, I don’t know if it is suitable for my current level.
    Now I’m practising. I hope to share my video someday soon.
    Thank you! Have a nice weekend! 🙂

    #14387 Reply

    Dianne Adkins

    Hi again Chan, my dear friend! Practice the song as written, given the tempo you hear from the piano video. The grace note can be added later, once you are comfortable with the piece. The piece is like a yummy cake. It’s good enough alone. Sometimes you get lucky and there are sprinkles. 😀 The grace notes are sprinkles. They are not critical but they can make it more interesting.

    Technically, in this piece, the grace note is added in the triplet figure in line 3, measure 4. Instead of playing second finger C natural first, add a quick note just before both C naturals. That note will be one step higher than the written melody, D natural, played with 3rd finger. It is done twice in this measure. You can hear it on the piano video. She also adds a note before C natural in the triplet at the end of line 4. This is also 3rd finger, played quickly before the written C natural.

    Have fun!

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