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Jaime - Orlando , Fl
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Gavotte . LAST song on Suzuki 1 (song 17).... what  a challenge !!! ...
I think its more difficult ....way more than some of Suzuki 2 songs! lol
I went back to it after my local teacher requested we went back to these... adding a little vibrato.... trying to add a little personal touch...

Its much fun playing it... this one  wants me to speed up and go FAST.... I tried to do it with the metronome... but as you'll see I sometimes speed ahead.... many times!.... then I try to "push the breaks" and slow down! hehe

Sorry about the flats and sharps that shouldn't be there.... but like everything.... practice practice practice! :)
Jaime - Orlando , Fl
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Posted: March 17, 2017
Last Comment: March 26, 2017
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Dianne
Posted: March 26, 2017
Spiccato is looking good, Jaime!

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: March 25, 2017
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Thank  you Lisa and Andreas!
Had my class with local teacher.... when playing this little tune he wanted me to separate the spiccato, make it more "prominent".... or "spicy" as I call it! hehe

No only that but he wants me to start to introduce.... tones.... make the "f" forte... the "p" piano... the "mf" mezoforte....

Two separate MONUMENTAL TASKS! :0)

This is how "spicy" or "crisp" he wants to hear that spiccato!

Andreas
Posted: March 21, 2017
You are doing great Jaime :) I think too that this piece is much harder as some Vol.2 pieces... and I somehow skipped it after trying for some time *shame* ;)) But your video inspires me to go back at it at a slower pace

Lisa, Houston-TX
Posted: March 21, 2017
I recently found a metronome on Amazon that you wear as a watch and vibrates rather than making audible ticks.  I may try this.  If I do, I'll write a review of it here.

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: March 20, 2017
Mary, thanks for the post! Metronome tips..... hmmmm...... it is an interesting question.... it does help to keep me in rhythm... but many times I'm out of tempo with it...  I tend to speed up... then holding back to the metronome... then speed up.... then holding back again.... hehe

By no means discouraging from using it.... especially when learning a new song... sets the "framework" from which the performance can be enhanced later...when we can dominate it to the point of being able to speed it up a little! :0)

Great for "warm up exercises"... especially when I use my DANCLA exercises! :0)

Mary Freeman
Posted: March 20, 2017
glad you are playing Suzuki again
You will have to give me some tips about working with a metronome ;-)

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: March 19, 2017
Thank you Dianne, Lisa, Maria, Elke, CC and Ann! Truly appreciate your words of encouragement! Teacher locally mentions I should be careful about string crossings, and I think Elke that's what slowly "detours" me through the song.

As I do my string crossings... I tend to "hesitate", hesitation which transfers to my arm, then my bow....he tells me to slow down to a tempo I can "conquer" this... and he keeps saying "don't look (at the fingerboard)"! He wants me to further rely on my hearing...what do I hear....my feeling...where do I feel my hand position when I hear good intonation...

Its on to the "drawing board" again.... keep on practicing! hehe :0)

Ann Meeker
Posted: March 19, 2017
Jaime, great music!  Your vibrato is making me so hungry to get to end of bk 2 asap, I love how much warmth/polish it adds.  

CC
Posted: March 18, 2017
Nice playing. Yes, I agree that song belongs in book 2. Your vibrato is really coming along. Even your pinky vibrato is very nice. 

Elke Meier
Posted: March 18, 2017
Oh Jaime, I am fully with you there! This to me is also a piece that is way more difficult than some of the Suzuki 2 songs. When I go back to it I always wonder how this piece can feel like I have not learned it before... Well, you should be very content: you can now play it with vibrato :). I still cannot do that! 

I have two little comments to make: 
Make sure you wipe the rosin off your violin. Even the fingerboard is white... :). I have just now my second old violin at the luthier for repair. It has really cracked varnish under the string area: the rosin left here somehow has melted into the varnished and really damaged the varnish.
About bowing of staccato notes. Your bowing is wonderfully straight when you play legato. So then you open and close the elbow exactly as it should be (the dart movement Beth talks about). I like the feel of this opening and closing of the elbow. However, as soon as I play staccato notes the elbow seems to forget this and the movement reverts to the shoulder again. Beth has mentioned this on my videos several times. And it seems to me like you have a similar thing going on. You start out really well with the staccato notes but watch what happens after maybe half a minute: the staccato notes get more and more bowed on this arch that you get when the shoulder initiates the movement. - A real challenge, not just for you :)

Maria
Posted: March 18, 2017


Love your detached bowing Jaime...


My headache is less and my ears were less congested today I can now listen and appreciate each note that you play.

Great job!

Lisa, Houston-TX
Posted: March 18, 2017
Hi Jaime,

Good job with the metronome.  I'm having to use the metronome a lot to control my speed as well.  I tend to speed up a lot.  For me it's through the easy parts.  You seem to speed up for the more difficult parts.  But you do a great job bringing your tempo back without stopping the piece all together.

Dianne
Posted: March 17, 2017
Really like your Gavotte, Jaime. I agree, this is a tough piece. I am currently working on Gavotte From Mignon. Another tough one. Last night, I was practically in tears but tonight I think I am well on my way to learning it. The tutorials really help. All these tough ones go in the polish pile once I can play it through, but maybe just need to work a particular off the string stroke to have more polish etc. I keep waiting to completely hit a wall. I thought it was Gavotte From Mignon, but somehow am getting through it ok.