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Hey guys =)
Hope everyone is doing well. Just posting my Jig/reel practice because I struggle a lot with playing faster sections. If you haven’t figured out already, I just LOVE slow moving notes! And so I struggle quite a bit when it’s time to play faster sections within a piece. That's why I decided it would be a good idea to keep working on the Fantasy on Simple Gifts music so I can improve my technique. Plus I really like this piece a lot and so it didn’t feel like a chore practicing it. 

PS. To all the Austin workshop attendees wishing you all a FUN week of playing! Looking forward to hearing about your week!

8 Responses
Posted: June 13, 2017
Last Comment: June 18, 2017

Posted: June 18, 2017
I indeed love to hear you play and Simple Gifts is such a simple still challenging piece of music. There is so much to learn from you . Thanks for sharing your video with us . 

Posted: June 17, 2017
That was so delightful, you're making huge progress in your playing you're truly inspiring.
i watched the Recital and i absolutely loved it, i wish i was there with you guys.

keep up the good work MsPolka :) 

Posted: June 14, 2017
It's so lovely to hear from you guys =)
haha.. it's my number 1 enemy too Maria. It's so much fun once I get the reel going though. Oh and I'm definitely going to post my progress on the Thais once I've worked on correcting my bow hold and placement (I tilt so much and skate around so my tone keeps on suffering >.< )

Hi Helene, I definitely am looking for some feedback because I do feel my playing is a bit labored especially where there are lighting fast string crossings. 

Elke, it sure is a beautiful piece! with lots of variations and fun sections to play with. Yes! after watching the video, I do notice that I'm not putting enough pressure on the G string and my tone gets fuzzy. Thanks for the heads up =)

Robyn!! Ohmygosh. So happy for you. I am looking forward to hearing you play the Thais. you are ready for this! You go girl. 

Hi Jane, that is a really great idea! It sure would be interesting to see how we've improved over time. I bet it would be such a different experience playing this after three years! 

Posted: June 13, 2017
Thanks for posting that, Cyril!  You are doing such a fantastic job with this! I, too, have been working on those fast passages - I think we should all keep it in our repertoire so we can use it as our encore piece for the next European workshop concert.  How fun would that be to see what we can do with it over 3 years' time?! Brava!

Robyn Stirling
Posted: June 13, 2017
Fantastic video :) I'm determined to 'get' this piece and trying to use Beth's colle practice videos to help as my fingers won't do what they're told. I was chatting to my teacher about what we did and got talking about your amazing masterclass, guess what my new homework piece is :P

Elke Meier
Posted: June 13, 2017
Nice practice, Cyril! It was such a beautiful piece, wasn't it? I have been going back to it again also - specifically for the fast sections. For me it is any bit of insecurity in either hand that completely messes up fast sections. If either hand does not know what comes next coordination between the two hands goes completely out the window!
One thing I noticed is something that I have been concentrating on a lot lately, and that it changing bow pressure with changing strings. I always felt I did something wrong because on the G-string there was often not a very clear tone. It couldn't be that you had to attack the G-string so brutally. But then Beth said at some point that playing the G-string really is heavy physical exercise :). So I have been doing exercises to specifically train how to dig into a string when you change quickly to the lower string. You have a very beautiful and clear tone - apart from when this quick change came to the G-string. That reminded me so much of my own struggle :). 

Hélène Mathers
Posted: June 13, 2017
MsPolkadotz, I'm sure that Beth and the more advanced players will be able to see where your technique needs improving but as far as I'm concerned, even in my wildest dreams I won't be able to play Simple Gifts as well as you do!

Posted: June 13, 2017

Oh, that's my no.1 enemy fast passages and reels :)

It's a shame I left all my manuscripts in London at my uncle's house...

Let me watch your vid now...

P.S. Plus don't forget to please let us hear the full version of Thais if you have the time.