June 23, 2015 at 2:21 am #3173
- Contribution Score 60
I’m currently working on a piece by Richard Wagner, “Rise of the Valkyries”! I’m also working in the “Peer Gynt: Morning Mood”!June 23, 2015 at 11:58 am #3176
- Contribution Score 91
I am practicing Allegretto, Baidin Fheilimi and Canon in DJune 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm #3197
hello. i’m practicing schindler’s list by john williams, concertino by tullio daneri and a drill in ist through 7th position.June 23, 2015 at 11:29 pm #3215
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I’ve been working on Song of the Caged Bird by Lindsey Stirling, and Accolay’s first concerto.
I think it would be great to learn Schindler’s List! One of my teachers played it for a WW2 presentation.June 24, 2015 at 2:12 am #3220
nice! yeah, i like it a lot. i’m playing the solo part. when i first got it i had no idea what to do w/it cause it shifts like every 2 seconds! but i worked on it and now i can even play in 2nd position. it goes from ist to 2nd to 3rd to 5th , 7th and back again. but i think i’ve got it now. =)June 24, 2015 at 11:58 pm #3251
- Contribution Score 41
I am working on memorizing the Haydn Concerto in G Major.June 27, 2015 at 11:47 pm #3318
Schindler’s List is my favorite piece ever!!! It has also become one of the foremost pieces I’ve had performing opportunities with.
Right now, I’m working on some Bach preludes as well as finishing up a not-so-well-known edition of La Folia.June 27, 2015 at 11:53 pm #3319
nice bethany! i’m glad u like it!-in fact, i’m glad i like it too because i practice it so much!- my teacher said to me last time “ok, bring this back to me perfect.” lol.June 28, 2015 at 8:20 pm #3338
Ha ha! That’s great. 🙂 Hey, you should really look up the two other solo violin pieces from Schindler’s List… Krakow Ghetto and Remembrances. Both are so beautiful, but not so well known because the Theme is what sets the standard. I also think it is a good idea to listen to the entire soundtrack in it’s entirety as well as research the Holocaust as it helps bring across the emotion you want during performance.June 28, 2015 at 8:24 pm #3340
ooooooooh i’ll look into those! yeah, i had thought about getting the soundtrack…yeah. my teacher keeps stressing the emotion thing. when i first started playing it i was using this really strong vibrato and he was like “u don’t want it like ——————————-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” then he proceeded to really exaggerate. it was funny. then he goes “u want them to relaaaaaaaaaaax!” hahahha! then he told me about when he played the piece for a local congregation. nice.June 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm #3349
- Contribution Score 60
OH MY GOSH! I remember when I had to do a solo in front of EVERYONE! I was SO nervous, I nearly forgot my solo!!!
Has that ever happened to anyone else before?June 29, 2015 at 9:28 pm #3361
yes! funny, seems i’m kind of the nervous person when it comes to the violin anyway. now has thaaaaaaaat ever happened to anyone before? – even at your lesson? does anyone get nervous sometimes?June 30, 2015 at 4:07 pm #3401
I really don’t get nervous when I perform. Since I’ve grown up in a “performing family”, I don’t feel nervous because I’m used to it. The more you do it, the easier it becomes! I would recommend trying to pinpoint just what about your playing doesn’t sound right when you perform and why you are nervous. Is it your intonation? Maybe your LH is tense and overshooting shifts. It is your right arm and, like me, your arm is getting too tight? Is it just getting up in front of people? Think about it, find the issues, and then go from there. When I perform, I like to have my energy level high beforehand, but right before I go on, I like to take a few seconds right before going out on stage to just totally focus myself. Get away from the distractions (which can be good while you’re waiting backstage) and prepare yourself mentally. Maybe taking some deep breaths help, or stretching, or whatever works for you personally. The important thing is to not let the audience know that you are nervous! Walk out on stage confidently, smile, and be yourself. 🙂July 4, 2015 at 8:58 pm #3480
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Good advice Bethany! The biggest enemy of the violin/fiddle player is tension that comes up unexpectedly during a performance. While in many things, it might make sense to “buckle down” and grab on for dear life–unfortunately this won’t work during a performance. Try to think of times where you were most relaxed playing the last couple of days. A lot of limiting tension is a mental thing and you have to convince your mind that tensing up doesn’t help. The more relaxed you are, the easily it will be to have a fluid bow stroke and ultimately play to the best of your ability.July 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm #3542
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I am trying to face the music by looking at what I dd wrong in n front of 500 people four years ago in a talent show within a junior-high school auditorium in 2011. There, I played a very lame, half-way memorized version of “Blackberry Blossom.” (I realize that this tune is not properly “advanced” but whoever can play this tune well with “advanced” technique deserves my utmost respect.)
To avoid the practice blues, however, I am working on the various violin parts of the Brandenburg Concerto #4. The principal violin part moves way too fast for my fingers, but perhaps I can solve this irksome problem by more and more practice in the long run. (If I have to, I will record all four string parts on my own but that will still leave those vital recorder part[s].)July 7, 2015 at 11:08 pm #3560
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Mazas etude 23 and Kreutzer’s #1 etude!! By the way, anybody know what the little arrow-like thingies are in most of the Mazas etudes like in numbers 3 and 4 and everything? I’ve played them before but I never got clarification on that….July 13, 2015 at 2:35 pm #3657
- Contribution Score 567
If they are sideways they are accents. If they are cone shaped they are emphasis marks (similar to accents). If they are “V” shaped, they are up-bow markings. Good question!July 13, 2015 at 5:31 pm #3668
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Thanks!!July 20, 2015 at 9:16 pm #3867
- Contribution Score 140
I am nervous before nearly every lesson. May have to do with how much coffee I drink in the morning. My instructor is really kind and easy going, but I still am a little tense.July 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm #3898
omg christie u make me feel better! i don’t have aaaaaany caffeine anymore-trying to see if that helps… and i’m drinking chamomile tea before every lesson…-helped a little last time. i have a lesson today. let’s see how it goes! yeah, my teacher is kind too. he usually just says to me “ok, let’s just settle down now….” ahahhaha.July 22, 2015 at 1:55 am #3911
- Contribution Score 30
When I was in college, I got the opportunity to play the Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with the student orchestra. It starts with a pretty long orchestra introduction, ending in a long horn line that leads to the solo cello entrance.
I remember sitting there, listening to the opening, hearing the horn line, thinking it sounded lovely… then silence. I was waiting on the conductor, the conductor was waiting on… me! Oh no, I’m supposed to be playing!
I’m sure in reality it wasn’t that long a pause, but it felt like an ETERNITY!September 9, 2015 at 8:53 pm #5008
hello everybody. me again. ok, i’m currently struggling with teleman’s sonata #2 . my teacher gave it to me a few weeks ago and i thought i was doing it all right. i was so proud of myself. i was using a metronome and everything. well, my counting was a little off which is why my teacher gave it to me so now i’m just- instead of learning it the way i usually learn pieces- by ear etc i am counting everything out. omg. very difficult. a part of me would rather just -well, it is a cannon and a part of me would rather just be a little ahead of where i’m supposed to be then try to figure out the values of every single note. ah well. my teacher did say i almost got it though. and i’m also working on a duet by mozart. same problem. =/December 8, 2015 at 6:11 pm #6606
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Wieniawski Violin concerto No.2, Ysaye sonata for solo violin No.2, and Bach Partita in E majorDecember 12, 2015 at 8:16 pm #7116
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First movement of Mendelssohn concerto. Trying (and so far failing) to play those octaves in tune…December 13, 2015 at 1:08 am #7163
more telemann sonatas. i think i’m on number 6 now. same problems. well, my teacher says my counting is getting better. i sure hope so. these canonic sonatas are kinda tricky -dotted this, dotted that, rests all over the place…. u come in early in one part it messes up the whole thing.
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