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    William Bickerstaff

    We are all guilty of saying things that we later come to regret. I, most of all. Here’s my story of the week.

    I started by looking through this site’s Intermediated Violin Lessons and found a 2 part lesson on Fiorillo’s Adagio, Etude #14. After going through both parts of the lesson I searched the internet and found a nice, clean, easily readable piece of the sheet music to download and print. After printing I looked through it, checking the fingering and decided that, with some work, this piece was playable for me at my present level with some work. I practiced the tune a bit, first by sight reading it on Saturday, and 2nd, by just playing it on Sunday, and third, on Monday morning before I left for my violin lesson I started breaking it down into smaller pieces and ironing out the wrinkles.

    I liked it! Then I decided that I would like to play it for the next recital. (Yes! My violin teacher let’s me pick out what I will play).

    I went to my lesson and made the announcement to my teacher that I had chosen the piece that I wanted to play at the next recital and since the recital is a few months away, I had plenty of time to iron out the rough spots, add the dynamics and “pretty it up” for that recital.

    Of course she wanted to hear it, so I played it for her, a rough draft. She agreed with me that it was “recitable” so I told her that would have it ready. Open Mouth!

    After I returned home from the lesson I started to give the piece a serious look-over and then… I saw it! The words “sur la 4 e corde” (all on the 4th string) poked me in the eye.

    I had been under the impression that the piece was to be played on the G and D strings. Now I realized that it was more above my present level that I had originally thought. Insert Foot!

    I am a bit of a stickler about playing pieces as they are written without dumbing them down. I decided that it was doable and will stick to my word, after all, My word is my word and the only way out of doing what I say I will do is… death.

    I know I have some work to do and I will, later on, post a video of my progress for assistance.

    Moral of the Story: Be sure you fully investigate things before you open your mouth and commit yourself.

    Will I do something like this again… probably. Will I challenge myself in this manner again… Certainly!

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    Dianne Adkins

    Oh William this is a great story! I laughed because I can so identify ha ha! Been there, done that. Most people choosing their own literature will find these hidden challenges in what otherwise looks like a totally easy piece to play. I agree with you on remaining faithful to the written music, as it is not ours to ‘de-compose’, but our duty to stick to it as written. If we want to write music, we are so welcome to be original and play our own music with as much leisure as we desire! As for keeping your word on this selection for a recital, I would not be so unmovable! If you could enjoy working on a similar piece with a little less technical challenges, it would be well within reason! Meanwhile, you discovered a piece that provides big things technically, and you could still work on it. Have fun!

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    William Bickerstaff

    I am now thinking that I should reconsider. This one is a tough one at my present level of expertise.

    I will still pull it out once a week or so to work on it a bit.

    #13460 Reply

    William Bickerstaff

    I have reconsidered. I will play Bach’s Sonata #1, 1. Adagio (BWV 1014). Hmmm… double stops don’t look too hard. Fingering is not too tough. Rhythm is typical Bach. One set of grace notes and one inverted mordent. I can do this! Now I will listen to it on CD to get an idea of what it should sound like.

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    LOL! That was too funny! I am always doing that too! You would think that I love the taste of my foot!!

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