Please feel free to share. “The Little Drummer Boy Project”
This is me practicing the A part of King if the Fairies the first and second time through. My goal was to play without the sheet music. I’m looking off camera at a mirror to try to keep my left hand straight but I’m not sure that worked.
Once I learn the music I’ll work some more on the performance face. Look forward to some comments. Thanks!
Hey Chris. Good job playing! Im with you in trying to play without the music AND the performance face. My instructor told our class that was something we needed to try and do..smile and look like we were enjoying what we were doing. Its easier said than done... At least for me. I have to concentrate to much. The act of remembering to smile even throws my playing off..
Anyway. All that to say I understand and again..good job thats a tough one!
Well done @chrisram03 !
Yes - as @bob said - explore the bow. Let it flow !!! There are bowing techniques that can "replace" what may at first sight, appear to necessitate direction change.
I know, it's real difficult at the start - you ( not personally - I just mean "you" as in anyone ) get all these different bits of information (bow direction changes, speed, pressure, you name it), and these instructions are often guided by (if you have one) a tutor (who of course has their own tuition agenda) - and will (if you have a tutor) become more flexible, generic, open to YOU as to how to interpret a piece as your playing technique evolves....
And, I just wish more folks would take that first step and share"where they are" - it's how we all learn...
Thanks so much for posting, you're definitely "on the road" - keep up the good work !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Thanks for the encouraging words everyone.
I am working on using more bow. This is a shuffle feel tune with a lot of back and forth on long-short long-short bow strokes so bow economy is hard to figure out at first.
I learned that the change from E to E flat and back E at the end of part A needs to be played on separate notes, not slurred (like I was doing), or else the bow will be off in the repeat of part A. I have been stuck on this for almost three weeks. I suggest writing out all the bowing moves early on if you are new like I am. It may save you lots of time and wondering why your second part is not the same as the first. These little subconscious things can really throw you off.
Next up will be building up part B.