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Violating Vivaldi
New blog on learning Allegro, first movement in g, op no 3
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April 13, 2024 - 9:46 am
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That was such a neat and interesting share. Thanks, @stringy.

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I liked it stringy !! I can’t imagine what the music must look like !! 

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It's not much good yet, couple of weeks of practice and memorising will do it though, and this is only the beginning part as well. Music isn't that hard at all really, just a matter of practice, and a lot of changing position, which I have been practicing by playing scales in third and fifth for two years, it's a very long drawn out journey.

I have been following your trials of vibrato by the way, but there isn't much I can add in the way of advice, especially since you seem to be trying lots of different ideas, and are progressing anyway.

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What are you planning to do to Busoni? hats_off

Oh, where did the OP go?

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April 17, 2024 - 8:13 am
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Is the first post missing?

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@stringy -

If you remove your video progress, how can this be a blog?

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April 17, 2024 - 1:56 pm
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Thanks, Stringy, I just wanted to make sure it was supposed to be gone. 😂

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I think your sight reading is pretty good! 

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Emily at the very end, I intend re posting the first vid, and the very last, hopefully the difference in the two will be more dramatic than the drip,drip effect.

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That will be very interesting to see at the end. Neat. 

Are you always able to sight read and play at the speed you did in the above video?

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Unfortunately not mouse, that piece I posted isn't that difficult to read to be honest. I tend to get caught out more when reading if the Key has a lot of flats, or Changes key half way through. I am playing the vivaldi one in first and third position because it seems the easiest way to me and I don't have any fingerings for the music, but this means I use open notes in first position and I am not quite sure if that's correct, but not too worried, as once I learn it in first and third I will learn it with all closed notes in third, just for the practice. I am playing this a touch too slow as well until I get used to it. 

My main problem even with jigs is memorising them, and I also have to hear a piece before I can read it but that makes the reading a lot easier.

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This is interesting. I was gojng back and forth between videos. This is very neat,

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@stringy -

I love that you are working on this piece, but unfortunate you are having problems memorizing parts of it.  I think the effort you spend on sight reading takes away from focus on bowing & tone production. 

I really appreciate you post these videos!  It's all relevent to me - the E string is still challenging for me & I've really been focusing on it lately, trying changes in weight distribution for each of my fingers.  It doesn't help that I have some bowing restrictions to work around with 6 strings & having to play while in bed. 

Take a look at your bow on the strings in the 1st half of your video.  Your tone sounds great starting at approx 1:05 - where your bow settles. 

Watching different videos so I can recommend one for you helps me go over everything I'm doing & want to achieve, as well.  There's several on getting better tone on the E string, especially about bowing closer to the bridge in higher positions, but I thought this video from Joy Lee was just good overall & might help you focus.

...except she mispeaks at 6:45, where she says "keep your wrist straight" - you'll see that in context, she really means "keep your wrist flexible". 

 

Fragherrnmaurer has a wonderful play-along/tutorial of this piece (with bowing notated) at different tempos!  

You can download his PDF for this sheet music here:

Vivaldi: Concerto in G major - all 3 movements

Keep up the great work you are doing with Vivaldi!  cheerleader

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Thanks for that Emily, I am going to check out that vid, I have seen a couple of hers  before she is really good.

I have just put new strings on as well so that isn't helping at the moment they are really sharp, but you are correct about tone, I notice myself when I am concentrating on one thing more than another. My plan was to get it memorised and then clean it up, I was playing along with a metronome this morning which I am finding useful as well, I slowed it down to around 70 which is already helping with timing, at least I think it is lol

I am thinking about actually trying a different e string, Ilike these Tonicas but the e always seems a bit to bright to me, I have a fairly unforgiving bow now as well,  but its much better and very responsive, to be honest it's taking some getting used to.

I am also doing another one from the same book called romance, its in b flat, so its a bit trickier in the higher position, but I need to challenge myself to progress.

Thanks for the vid recommendation and the input as well:)

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@stringy -

I hate new E strings - they always feel extra slippery to me! 😄 

One thing you might want to look at in the Fragherrnmaurer video I linked - bow distribution (where & when he is using different areas of the bow). 

I'm looking forward to following your progress, as always.  coffee

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Thanks Emily, I intend checking out all those links, one of the problems I have actually, is that until I memorise something I tend only to use the upper part of the bow, think its to do with what you mentioned about concentration in general, just wondering can you see the vid I posted today and the ones you linked to, as on my tablet they have disappeared, and I haven't took mine down, don't know whats gone wrong.

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Forget that, they have just reappeared like magic, very odd

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Good job. Thanks. I enjoy watching these.

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Sorry. Could not watch. Said something about having permission, but having to sign in. I am sure it was really great though. 😁

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