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Hello dear family, I hope all of you are doing well

It's been 2 months or so since i posted my last video, I've been enjoying my practice sessions so much and also work really hard on shifting with The Yost Method and the exercises given by Beth.

i wanted to challenge myself and play something to apply what i learned, so i picked Vivaldi's A minor first movement, 

just a small part of it, it's still not finished, but i would love to know if there is any mistakes am doing, or any advice you can give me. 

Thank you :)

16 Responses
Posted: July 4, 2017
Last Comment: July 14, 2017

Jerry Wright
Posted: July 14, 2017

Posted: July 7, 2017
@Jamie, CC & Rustam
Thank you guys for taking the time to comment i'm glad that it was pleasing to you :) 
wish me luck so i can finish it 

Posted: July 7, 2017
Thank you Beth for your comments, i will definitely watch those notes :)

Rustam Gill
Posted: July 7, 2017
Great playing Ayoub! 
Your intonation and vibrato are great and you were really getting that Baroque feel when bowing those notes.
I think the challenge now is speeding it up :)

Posted: July 6, 2017
That was great. Really, really enjoyed both watching and hearing you play this. 

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: July 6, 2017
Ayoub! BRAVO!!!
Your bowing, your posture, your shoulders, bow hold, finger postion with L hand/wrist... all IMPECABLE! Its just amazing listening to your performance! Keep up the AMAZING work! :0)

Beth Blackerby
Posted: July 6, 2017
Great start, Ayoub! You're smooth sweet tone is always a pleasure to hear. Just a couple of notes: Be careful! There is a C# the last note of m. 17. Remember the rule: if there's an accidental at the beginning of the measure, it holds through the whole measure. Also the F natural in measure 26. Really low 1 there. 

I think what Elke and Nick were alluding to was the aspect of 'style' in this piece. There are of course all kinds of ways to play it and now way is right or wrong, but we do talk about 'stylistically correct'. Once you've practiced and learned the piece you can experiment with incorporating a Baroque approach to the piece. I'll give you some pointers on that later. For now, get all those notes correct and follow the bowings!

You're off to a super start! 

Posted: July 6, 2017
Thank you, yes i did watch the videos on this piece, i tried to use the martele bow stroke with a bit of vibrato, and as you can see i still have along way to go and keep working on the other bowings 

Elke Meier
Posted: July 5, 2017
Congratulations, Ayoub! You are really making great progress! Did you start this just on your own? Or have you discovered the videos by Roy Sonne and Beth about this movement (starting at #416). Beth talks about different bow strokes that make this piece interesting.

Posted: July 5, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to comment i'm glad you liked it :)

Thank you Nick, It's been a while my friend :)
the phrasing is of course not completely 100% because i'm still trying to train on how to be more expressive and know when to add the tapers, as for the diminuendo it's a great suggestion and it's even written in my music sheet, so i'll pay close attention to it.

thanks a lot Nick for taking the time to comment looking forward to see you in action :) 

Posted: July 5, 2017

Beautifully played Ayoub!

I liked your smooth bow transitions towards and away from the fingerboard for dynamics. Your technical and musical ability is superb and your vibrato is luscious!

The only thing I would mention is a question: How best to draw the listener into the music more? I think Beth and more experienced players would be able to give a more informed answer, but I think you can add more interest if you vary the phrasing.

For example, at 1:27 when you lift the bow to the heel and start the long down bow, consider a diminuendo with no vibrato at first and then gently vibrato as you near the tip of the bow to end the phrase? This is just my amateur opinion of an example where I feel that as a listener, I would be drawn into the music more and become totally engrossed with your playing.

And superb playing it is at that! Bravo!


Posted: July 5, 2017
wow that was fantastic. your shifting was really good.  A few places were a little off, but you fixed them.  vibrato was great. Just the right speed and duration, I think.  I liked your dynamics as well. 

Posted: July 5, 2017
@Mary Freeman
It's on my to do list :)

Thank you

Posted: July 5, 2017
Try again maybe it will work this time :)

Posted: July 4, 2017
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Mary Freeman
Posted: July 4, 2017
Bummer about your video I was looking forward to seeing it
I would love to see you play Bach Air
I think you would be stellar at it
If you don't mind me making a request;-)?