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I've loved violin for as long as I can remember. What are the pieces that keep you motivated for short and long term?
My baby really loves pachelbel' canon. Puts her to sleep nearly every night and aside from vibrato I can see this as something I can do within a short time....a year or so I see me having a good handle on it. 😀
Long term...Vivaldi's winter just gives me chills.....would love to be able to play this.
What is everyone's goals for pieces to play?
We all have songs that inspire us in different ways.
For me, one of the songs I really wanted to learn to play was "When You Say Nothing at All". Wife always loved the song when she heard it at a Allison Kraus concert I took her too years ago.
Anyways.. was working nights for a while, so practiced a lot on breaks/lunch in a warehouse/production environment... Took a day off last month for our anniversary... and started off practicing like normal, then played the song. Funny how the violin can make people grab tissues for their eyes...
Play what makes you happy, or something that you want to play for someone.
This video is even from the year we saw her...
Claire De Lune... for a very very long time it has been that song and only that song.
The Theme to Schindler's list is also one that I crave.
Mercy, Hilary Hahn (newer quest)
Bach - Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en Rondeau ( I actually use this for a running song lately)
and more Bach - Concerto for Two Violins
The Gael - The Kiss, theme from Last of the Mohicans
Games of Thrones theme - Newer quest
Various Movie Themes - Phantom of the Opera
oh somebody stop me....
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
The Gael (Promontory, the kiss) would be awesome to learn! Have loved that since first time I seen last of the Mohicans.
Being only a month since I started playing I'm not ready to tackle those rolls needed lol. I'm already too ambitious and taking on songs beyond what I should be playing....one day though!
This is my long term motivational piece. I will not truly feel I have succeeded in this endeavor until I can play this. A scary thought...
What wonderful choices. This may sound weird, but...Ode to Joy is my "go-to" so far (only 2 months in, though) for feeling like I'm "really playing" a violin. I'm not "really" playing it any more than when I'm playing Mary Had a Little Lamb but...just something about it. I don't know what it is.
OMG! Ha ha, and sorry to go OT for a second here, but...I was trying and trying to submit that post...Submit wouldn't come up...it kept telling me to do the math...but I WAS. 8+5=15! 8+5=15! What more did it want from me?
Let us only pray, folks, that my violin playing is at least a little better than my math.
I heard one by Simply Three - Counting Stars. Is this the one?
I love love that Song. Counting Stars. Welcome!
Yes, that is the first one I ever heard. I was running and it came on Pandora, I knew the song because I am a big One Republic fan. After, I finished running I went on YouTube and I have been hooked ever sense. The violinist that played counting stars is no longer with them but they are still awesome to listen to, check out this video.
I'm different from most people on this one. I've bought a LOT of musical instruments over the years, hoping in each case that talent would jump out and bite me. For each one, I wanted to play music that I liked, where that instrument starred in those pieces of music. I would work at it for a while (sometimes quite a while) and finally get discouraged and not bother anymore.
For violin, I didn't have any particular piece (or even genre) that I wanted to play. I also knew almost nothing about the instrument. I decide very rapidly I needed lessons. (The world has been uncooperative about that - my teacher had no slots for 4 or 5 weeks, then I managed to get 3 lessons, then he went on vacation for 3 weeks. I'm thoroughly sick of the first 2/3s of "Boil them cabbage down" by now. 🙂 )
My end goal is to be able to sight-read a piece of music, and play it decently at or close to normal tempo.
I've found a number of tunes that seem easy and I know what they're supposed to sound like ("Ode to Joy" was one I've picked up, although I have yet to see the music.) I don't have any major pieces of music that I'm striving for yet, though. I'm still trying to acquire the basic skills.
My goal is to be able to play the Chaconne from Bach's D-minor Partita, kinda like this guy:
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