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Bach Cello Suite No. 2, Prelude (in viola transcription)
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July 1, 2021 - 12:07 am
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This is still very much a work in progress.

If you'll recall, I started taking online lessons with a focus on injury rehab and prevention back in February, and later started working on Bach Cello Suite No. 2, so I'm working on a piece with a teacher for the first time in my life. So far it's definitely changed the way I look at Bach.

Here's where the Prelude is now. Although I'm working on the whole suite, I'm especially focusing on this movement because I plan to use it as my "slow" selection in an orchestra audition in September. (Audition is asking for one fast piece and one slow piece of my choice.)

Compared to the self-taught version I've posted before, I've slowed it down to better fit the introspective, improvisatory feel I'm aiming for. I'm also trying to be more conscious of the shifting moods, how I want the tempo to ebb and flow, which notes to bring out more, and where everything fits into the overall structure of the movement.

I'm still not really happy with my tone -- I feel like it needs to be weightier at times without getting louder. (That said, I recorded this video with not quite enough rosin on my bow, so maybe that partially solves the problem.) I also think I'm probably changing tempo a bit to abruptly at times and holding on to some notes too long.

Any thoughts on this and how it could improve?

July 1, 2021 - 7:40 am
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First, bravo! We were using some Bach Cello Suites for my cello lessons. No piece of cake, that is for sure. This piece, we did not get i to, we only got into a couple.

I could tell about 1/3 of the way through, I could feel and hear you loosening up and your intonation improved. You seemed to feel more comfortable just playing the viola, like your arms and fingers, whole body, actually, just loosened up and you let your talent flow more. Does that make sense?

Further into it I noticed the dynamics more. I don't know if that was just that I noticed them more, or they were done so they were more noticeable.

Your chords are fantastic! I think that is what my instructor called them, but I am not sure if that was the term he used for those sections. I am not very good with them on my cello with Bach or anything else. 👍

I really loved this. I hope you record it again as you polish for your audition. 

The Bumblebee Flies!


July 1, 2021 - 8:09 am
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pro playing @AndrewH !  really enjoy listening!


July 1, 2021 - 8:25 am
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@AndrewH -


I hear & see a big difference over a year ago! 

I can tell you feel better. 

Really enjoy listening to you play, Andrew. 

Thank you for sharing your Bach Cello Suite No.2! 


...can't wait to hear more!

- Emily


July 1, 2021 - 11:43 am
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great work, no doubt about it, I am sure you will pass the Audition with flying colours.

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July 1, 2021 - 5:50 pm
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Very nicely played.



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