In which I take on the first movement of the Clarke viola sonata.
This is the first time I've ever played an entire movement of a piece from start to finish on camera, and it shows in the form of rushing and some shaky intonation... (Hopefully this improves with more time on camera. At least my bow isn't shaking all the time any more any more.)
Also the camera angle is awful as it hides both of my hands most of the time. (Might need to rearrange lighting for taking video after sunset.) Still, I think there's plenty of material to critique, and I'll continue posting videos over the next three weeks as I practice this piece.
And I'm on Instagram too now! Posting daily practice clips there.
I commend you and everyone on the forum who video tapes them self for review, I know to, I'm just a bit lazy to take the time from my practice time to set up and do it. Have some down time coming up next month maybe I'll work on setting up and do a video squeaks and all.
Well done all,
Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.
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#21daysofpractice DAY 3: had an orchestra rehearsal tonight, so just tried to fit in about 15 minutes of practice before going. A slower passage to warm up for rehearsal, working on intonation. Any tips for the descending augmented 2nd (going into the triplets) appreciated, it's an awkward shift no matter what! #21DaysofClarkeSonata #violapractice
There's a shift I'm finding rather difficult to place accurately: a downward shift from a natural 5th position to a flat 5th position (2nd finger on F# to 1st finger on Eb on the G string). If anyone has tips on that shift, I'd like to know, because I often go an entire half-step flat there.
The full progression of notes before and after is (all on the G string):
Eb --- E G F# Eb F Eb D - C -
Yes, I have tried putting my 1st finger on Eb on the way up and keeping it there, and the notes are playable that way, but I'd greatly prefer 3rd finger vibrato over 4th finger vibrato on the G at the top of that phrase (and there will be more vibrato when it's closer to performance-ready).
Andrew, your skill level is enough above mine that I'm only going to be able to make limited suggestions, but for the specific problem you mentioned:
I'm assuming the G in that is above the E, rather than the open string.
If that's the case, if you keep your hand shape the same as you shift from G to F#, your 1st finger will naturally shift to the Eb.
Since the interval between half steps is tighter higher on the fingerboard, that might make your Eb a tad sharp, but since you're saying you're having the opposite problem right now, I'm guessing that stretching the forefinger a hair back will be doable.
Hope it helps
hello Andrew H. I have enjoyed watching your videos on the 21 day challenge. BRAVO.
I know that commitment to practice is a 100% sure way to achieve success. It works every single time.
Nice to see you here on that forum. I think you might be the member on the forum closest to me.
Cheers and thank you for the thread and all the good sharing.
I have missed a lot of posts and I don't know If I ever said hello or not.
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato
7 days in, getting a lot cleaner now!
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#21daysofpractice DAY 7: This bit gets played twice in the movement, so it's especially important to get right. This is in tempo in the last play-through (some rubato is OK) and notes are much more accurate now than before. Next: tone quality can still get better, and I really want a much bigger crescendo. Should go from p to ff. But for now I'm still mostly listening for intonation. #21DaysofClarkeSonata #violapractice