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Comments welcome so I can improve 🙂

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I think it sounds good. The only thing I would recommend is occasionally practicing it at a slower tempo—maybe half your usual speed. That might be quite a challenge but a good exercise, forcing you into longer, slower bow strokes. 

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@RonB thanks for the idea!  I'll do that 🙂

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First, it sounds like you're doing just fine.

Ron suggests playing it at a slower tempo.  Learning a song at a slow tempo is always a good idea, of course.  I think it's Itzhak Perlman that says:  Learn slow.  Forget slow.

Just keep in mind when playing the Wohlfart etudes that they are not just notes played for the sake learning how to play notes.  When played as intended, they are very short, but beautiful musical compositions.  This is what you are eventually shooting for with etude no. 3.  Notice how when played up to tempo, with expression and dynamics, it's actually quite a lovely piece of music. 

 

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@Uzi thanks for the comments.  I love the Etudes.  I think they are beautiful and fun to play.  And for sure at this faster speed really nice! 🙂

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Great tips above. It looks like the bow is a bit tighter than I would recommend. Focus on intonation when practicing slowly. You're coming a long great. Thanks for the post!!!

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Thank you @Fiddlerman It seems my bow hold is my bugaboo but I'll keep working on it and will win  🙂

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I'm not sure, but I think @fiddlerguy was referring to the tension on the bow hair as a little tight. The recommended tension is about a pencil width between the hair and bow.

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@RonB I think you're right 😉

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Sorry, yes, I was referring to the bow hair tension being too tight. I was not clear. 🙂

You are welcome.

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Thanks for clarifying that @Fiddlerman 🙂

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Fran, I glad someone else likes Wohlfahrt 🙂  I really enjoy trying all of the etudes in book 1. Wish I could play them all ;(

I think my favorite is the next one Etude no 4. It to me is almost like singing. Here's one I listen to on youtube (this fellow has almost all of the Wohlfahrt available to watch)

I'm amazed at how fast you have progressed. Wish I could. You're an inspiration to us adult beginners. Thanks

Bob in Lone Oak, TX

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Etudes are designed to develop one or more techniques. Can you guys see what this etude focuses on?

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Referring to etude 4 ?    Dunno for sure but moving on from 1, 2 and 3 it feels like attention to bow distribution (and string crossing, as ever !)...

I don't spend enough effort on etudes - I'll maybe "get the idea" then go off and play other stuff, without putting the time in to completely "nail" the etude as a piece of listenable music in its own right ( which it usually is )   🙂

I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh - guntohead.JPG

Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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I can't pin one down - there are several techniques in there that would constitute "things to practice" for most beginners:

String crossing

Use of the fourth finger

Arpeggio-like patterns (I don't know arpeggios well enough to tell of those are true arpeggios or not, but the repetitious rise and fall of the pitch of the melody is reminiscent of them, at least. Like playing scales, except a lot friendlier to the ear.)

Using enough bow - it's played fairly fast, but he's using 4 to 6 inches of bow on most notes, which is why the tones is nice and solid. Many beginners (including myself when I forget myself) would be using more like an inch, and it wouldn't sound nearly as good.

 

He's also putting emphasis on the starting note of each measure, and using some volume-related dynamics through the piece, but I suspect both of those are more advanced elements that aren't the main thrust of the etude.

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@Bob thanks. I think the Etudes are fun for the most part. And thanks for your complement!

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