dang...missed this one when first posted.. that cajun cookin is smokin!
thanks @mouse wouldve probably missed this had you not shared. some really good info here. and i like how he left the vibrato off to demonstrate. ill eventually get there but I need some more work on other things first..not meaning anyone else...talking about myself!! and the example gives a better gauge to measure by in my case.
Gordon Shumway said
I definitely need to practise ppp.
At home I like the way I sound when I play mf/f, but at orchestra, I usually play ppp and I sound terrible.
Actually, I think my problem is, when I play p/pp with acceptable tone, and the conductor says "you're too loud", he's not talking to to me, but I still try to get quieter anyway! I need to have more confidence.
When playing ppp in orchestras, you don't necessarily have to produce a full sound or even hear yourself. The section will collectively fill out the needed tone color. I tend to think of an orchestral pianissimo as not quite the same as a solo or chamber pianissimo.
There's some really impressive pianissimo string playing in this performance of Bruckner's 4th. Listen for the tremolo strings at very beginning of the piece (0:43 of the video) and again after 7:30, and also note the dynamic range in the long viola soli passage that starts at 21:43.