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    Hi everyone!
    This is my playing after interpreting the sheet. You can find the sheet in this post: http://www.violintutorpro.com/topic/analyse-the-sheet/#post-14736.
    Hope you guys enjoy!
    I will be very happy to receive any of your feedback.
    Dear Ms Dianne,
    I tried adding grace notes and up an octave but it didn’t sound smoothly and took me effort to remember the fingerings. Maybe my current skill doesn’t allow me to do this. I was afraid it can break my work, so I didn’t record it. I wonder if grace note used for the piano can have the same effect for the violin.I find it hard when playing successive D, D-C (grace note). As I see, when playing the piano it seems easier. Truthfully, I haven’t found out about the grace note any more than its name.

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    Dianne Adkins

    My dear friend Chan! This.was.GORGEOUS. Now, in your playing, I can see past the technique and to the music. Very tender. I loved how you were so patient and graceful with your bow at the beginning and the end of the piece. Beautiful! If you are happy and comfortable with it, don’t worry about adding a grace note. You can just try a grace note as a separate exercise. Maybe later you will come back and add it to this piece. Maybe you will add it to a different piece.

    Here is an exercise just to practice a grace note. In keeping with this piece you have played, let’s give each note a ‘dotted quarter’ value. (6/8 time)

    A2, A2 | A3-A2, A3-A2 :||
    (In measure one, each note gets one bow. In measure two, A3-A2 is played on a slur. First DOWN bow, then UP bow.)

    Gradually make A3 shorter, keeping the bow stroke the same as you played in measure one. Another fun thing to try is to set A2, then playing with a long, slow bow, place A3 over and over again to produce a ‘trill’. Set A3 fast, and pick it up fast repeatedly, while holding A2 down.

    To play a grace note, place A2. Then place A3. When you begin to play, you hear A3. As soon as you hear A3, pick it up. Now you hear A2. I hope this explains the grace note a little. The grace note is always one step above the main melody note. Here’s what it looks like on sheet music.
    Grace Notes

    I will post this much and make more feedback in another post. <3

    #14780 Reply

    Dianne Adkins

    Hello again! Sorry for the delay in my return! I wanted to give a little more advice about your playing in general. Especially for this piece, I think you could use less bow. It seems that you are striving to use the whole bow for each bow stroke. As a result, the bow arm straightens out, and then hyper extends just a little sometimes. To prevent this, I would suggest re-working the bowing to fit the style and repeated rhythm of the piece. I think you can do it!

    So where you have a quarter note on the DOWN bow, followed by an eight note on the UP bow (which is often in this piece), connect the two note with a bow that goes DOWN bow on both notes, but keep a separated sound by stopping slightly between the notes. The next pair of notes will be the same, a quarter note and an eight note on the UP bow. This will allow you to be gentle with the eighth notes musically, instead of increasing bow speed to get back to the lower half of the bow. Because the eighth notes always fall on the UP bow rushing back to the frog, they are louder than they need to be. But if you tie the eighth note to its quarter note partner, you have a nice way of playing the eighth notes delicately. And it also looks nicer.

    I call this bowing the hook stroke, where you play a long note, and ‘hook’ a short note on the end of it, on both DOWN bow and UP bow. If you are familiar with Happy Farmer at the end of Suzuki Book I, you can see how the bowing style looks in the sheet music.

    You can maintain the hooked stroke even when the measure contains three notes, the first two notes are already slurred together. So just add the eighth note that follows the slurred pair to bow stroke (hooked and separated, or all three notes slurred legato). Then be sure to follow with a hook stroke to even out the bow planning.

    This picture shows dotted quarter notes, but for your piece, the quarter notes would not have dots because you’re in 6/8 time.
    hooked bowing

    Let me know if you need more explanation!

    #14785 Reply

    Hi Ms. Dianne.
    I do notice my problem with my eighth note. While I’m practising, I keep it softer everytime I up bow. However, it still sounds louder than it needs. Maybe, I am a bit mechanical. I hope the more pieces I play, the more varied technique I can add to interpret a new sheet.
    I’ve tried the hook stroke. It is more beautiful than before. I personally realize that the everytime I change the bow direction is corresponding an strong beat and the 1st strong beat is on the down bow. I can see it is applied to many pieces. I learn from this experience. Thank you very much 😀

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