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Violin progress Chorus from “Judas Maccabaeus”
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ryonass
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I just opened up book 2 tonight and managed to learn this song. Any tips? Noticed I’m struggling with the dotted notes. I guess that will resolve with more practice? Also struggling with 3rd and 4th finger being so close. 

 

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Fiddlerman
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December 14, 2017 - 3:45 pm
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I think you are right. The more practice the better it will get. 🙂

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but the one who needs the least."

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Sounds like it just needs some practice to smooth everything out. Sounded good overall with solid intonation, you're definitely on the right track.

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Glad to see you've moved on to book 2, you got book 1 down pretty good 🙂 There is a great youtube site that has examples of almost all of the Suzuki books and even has "slow" version of some to allow us newbies to try to follow along. Here's his play-through of Judas Maccabaeus:

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas

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@Fiddlerman @RCall Thanks, it is already getting easier to play. I guess practice does make perfect.

@Bob Thanks Bob! Are you using Suzuki method too? Yes, I use that Youtube channel and has been extremely helpful!

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@ryonass, when I took lessons (20 years ago), my teacher used a variety of books, including the Suzuki books and Wohlfahrt and Mazas. He also had me work on beginner concertos by Seitz and Rieding among others. That's not to say I "mastered" any of them 😉

I bought a lot of sheet music back in the late 90's, but most of it is wishful thinking (or maybe curiosity) Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Vivaldi Four Seasons, etc. I can at least follow along while someone like Perlman plays it 🙂

Now, after so long not playing, I'm pretty much starting back at Suzuki book 2 and trying to move forward... can be frustrating sometimes... arrrgh!

You are progressing very well, keep it up. 

Bob

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@Bob 

I like that approach and it keeps things from getting boring. Book 2 does seem hard compared to Book 1. I am sure it will get easier with time. Good luck on your violin adventure and I look forward to seeing some of your playing in the future! I really enjoyed your Rieding performance from a while ago.

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I think a couple of those Seitz student concertos are in the Suzuki books. (Book 3, I want to say?)

@Bob, never say never. I've had a lot of sheet music that I bought in the first year or two that I played viola, far above my level at the time, that I suddenly found I was able to play 10-15 years later.

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@AndrewH yeah I just bought the 3rd Suzuki book and was surprised to find the Seitz, unfortunately they don' t include all the movements 🙁

Right now I'm focusing on Mazas Op36 No 1, 2 or 3. They are fantastic exercises for bowing, which is what I REALLY need practice on. I've convinced my self I will do one of these for critique in the next few weeks, maybe for Christmas, although Holoween would probably be more appropriate!

I would never say "never", I've live too long for that 🙂

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas

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