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Nuances in Air in D major Bach
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JuanFiddler
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March 6, 2015 - 8:21 pm
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Hi folks, I chose this classical piece in order to start developing a continuous vibrato which is pretty damn difficult lol. I think in some parts I get it but there is still lots of work to be done. I hope you guys enjoy this piece  as much as I do. Constructive criticsim will be very well received.

Thanks a lot,

Juan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMbbZ0653Gs&spfreload=10

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OMG, Juan,,,, I wish I could vibrate like that. You have come so far it's incredible.

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Super great job.

 

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Very nice interpretation Juan. The vibrato sounds very nice.

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It sounds amazing Juan.  You have come so far and more.  

Good job, thanks for sharing. 

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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Very nice!!  I think your vibrato is coming along just fine.

By pure coincidence it happens that I'm also learning Bach's Air.

 

The only two things I would suggest is that once you're comfortable enough with the piece, try playing more of it in the upper position (3rd, 4th, even 5th).

Secondly (and this is what I'm working on myself).  The very first note (F#) .. I try to do the entire note in one bow.  It is SO FREAKIN HARD, but after watching Anne Meyers and Sarah Chang do it, it's so nice aesthetically speaking if you're able to pull it off.  I think this piece teaches the importance of bow speed and using the entire length of the bow.  Admittedly, not my strong point :)

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Fiddlerman
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March 9, 2015 - 12:39 pm
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Juan, you've heard me say that you are making great progress and I wonder if you wouldn't mind making a video comparison for the fun of it.
Take a piece that you performed on video years back and do it again side by side. Would be fun for others who are just starting out to see.

As far as constructive criticism:
I would like you to use more dynamics. The sound is strong pretty much all the time. Would be nice to have you start softly and grow into the notes at times or end softly.
Your rhythm is not entirely correct either. If you count while you play you'll find that you shorten long notes when you run out of bow for example.
Lastly, the beard, is this the new look???
Keep up the great work!!!!
Thanks for the post.

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Thanks everyone for taking some of your time to listen and make comments. these are deeply appreciated!

@Fiddlerman thanks bro. I should repost this tune. Unfortunately i deleted old videos but I can make a new version of this piece and apply all of your suggestions. Dynamics I am trying to fit them in so I start sound more expresive. Rhythm, I was a bit lazy since I am not doing the duet but to be more technically correct I will have the metronome together with an ear piece to count as I play. Lastly the beard is not a new look simply I didnt shave lol. Thank you so much bro.

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Fiddlerman
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March 9, 2015 - 5:36 pm
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LOL. That is a lot of not shaving there santa ;)
Look forward to the posts.

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That is a very pretty piece of music!!  Beautifully played.

Well.... I had to look up what "continuous vibrato"  meant, so you know I will have little to offer.  I did find a comment that said to practice continuous vibrato while doing scales.

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