FORUM

Please have a look at our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

A A A
Avatar

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Christmas Concert Soon! Fast Song
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Avatar
NYC Violinist
New York City
Member
Members
December 7, 2011 - 8:01 pm
Member Since: November 18, 2011
Forum Posts: 10
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Ok, so I'm playing a piece by Vivaldi with my orchestra for the christmas concert, and this piece is very fast, and the 1st violin part is basically straight 16th note passages, I would like to know any techniques or tips that you guys have to play very quickly and in tune without tiring myself out, or maybe any warm up activities to get my fingers moving fast. Thanks in advance!

-NYC Violinist

Avatar
Oliver
NC
King
Regulars
December 7, 2011 - 11:03 pm
Member Since: February 28, 2011
Forum Posts: 2439
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Keep your fingers directly over the strings ( i.e. elbow to the right).  (Watch most Fiddlerman videos for aggressive, fast playing examples.))

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

Avatar
HeadCheese
Plano, Texas
Honorary tenured advisor
Members

Regulars
December 8, 2011 - 7:20 am
Member Since: September 17, 2011
Forum Posts: 517
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Fiddlerman has a video on learning to play fast: CLICKY!

thumbs-up

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
December 8, 2011 - 7:51 am
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 11717

Wow, I can't watch those videos. I was sweating just from looking at the beginning, had to turn it off right away. My AC must have been broken when I did that. LOL

roflol

NYCV - Lift the fingers as little as possible and only the fingers that need to be lifted. With your right hand use very short bows. Using too much bow is the most common fault players make when trying to play fast. Concentrate on the opposite hand for coordination flaws, iow, if you are thinking about the right hand switch over and focus on the left and vice-versa.

Good luck with the Vivaldi. laugh

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Avatar
Oliver
NC
King
Regulars
December 12, 2011 - 9:21 pm
Member Since: February 28, 2011
Forum Posts: 2439
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

FM   You mention using too much bow which slows things down.  However in very short bow strokes (back and forth) how is it possible to maintain consistent pressure and bite on the strings.  Forearm?  Wrist?  Shoulder?  Other?

I often find myself "skating" over the fast passages barely sounding the strings and dropping volume where I really don't want to ????

duncecapduncecapduncecapduncecapduncecapduncecapduncecap

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
December 13, 2011 - 12:30 am
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 11717

Good question. Mostly by turning your forearm and hand as one putting more pressure on your pointer finger on your right hand. Keep that added pressure throughout the fast notes. Also if you are skating over the strings maybe you are not using enough flat hair or you are not bowing straight. Make sure to check those things Oliver.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Forum Timezone: America/New_York

Most Users Ever Online: 231

Currently Online:
32 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today kit, wisco kid
Upcoming Mad_Wed, Andrew, Prudence, ButteryStuffs, makinnoise

Top Posters:

coolpinkone: 3767

Mad_Wed: 2849

Barry: 2661

Fiddlestix: 2637

Oliver: 2439

DanielB: 2379

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 1

Members: 3564

Moderators: 0

Admins: 2

Forum Stats:

Groups: 16

Forums: 56

Topics: 6448

Posts: 80415

Newest Members:

MACJR, bo, EKBanjo, charlieD, Folky fiddler, Morgenes42

Administrators: Fiddlerman: 11717, KindaScratchy: 1651