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  • #3173

    hearthelionroar
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    • 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”!

    #3176

    Tracye
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    • Contribution Score 91

    I am practicing Allegretto, Baidin Fheilimi and Canon in D

    #3197

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    hello. i’m practicing schindler’s list by john williams, concertino by tullio daneri and a drill in ist through 7th position.

    #3215

    lynaya316
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    • Contribution Score 7

    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.

    #3220

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    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. =)

    #3251

    Meg
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    • Contribution Score 41

    I am working on memorizing the Haydn Concerto in G Major.

    #3318

    BethanyViolin
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    • Contribution Score 20

    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.

    #3319

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    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.

    #3338

    BethanyViolin
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    • Contribution Score 20

    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.

    #3340

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    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.

    #3349

    hearthelionroar
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    • 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?

    #3361

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    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?

    #3401

    BethanyViolin
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    • Contribution Score 20

    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. 🙂

    #3480

    Michael Sanchez
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    • Contribution Score 567

    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.

    #3542

    Phillip Sindlinger
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    • Contribution Score 40

    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].)

    #3560

    olsoneu0356
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    • Contribution Score 6

    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….

    #3657

    Michael Sanchez
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    • 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!

    #3668

    olsoneu0356
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    • Contribution Score 6

    Thanks!!

    #3867

    Christie Morehouse
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    • 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.

    #3898

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    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.

    #3911

    Elizabeth Davis
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    • 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!

    #5008

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    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. =/

    #6606

    Samuel Araujo
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    • Contribution Score 17

    Wieniawski Violin concerto No.2, Ysaye sonata for solo violin No.2, and Bach Partita in E major

    #7116

    violinkitty
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    • Contribution Score 2

    First movement of Mendelssohn concerto. Trying (and so far failing) to play those octaves in tune…

    #7163

    jodi
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    • Contribution Score 66

    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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