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Ann Meeker
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This is last piece in Book 2, ya-hoo!  Time to celebrate Progress!  It’s a little over a year ago I had started posting to VL with the 1st piece in Book 2.  What a host of basic issues Beth and others have helped me address over the year.  Progress feels slow when I look at it from day to day but when I look back at the year I’m feeling Happy Zone-:>.  Thank you so much, every one of you that have contributed to my learning over the past year.  Of course keep the advice/critique coming, there is still much to learn indeed.  My project for this next year is Book 3, shifting, vibrato; hmmm, should be an interesting year-:>

Ann Meeker
8 Responses
Posted: February 12, 2018
Last Comment: February 13, 2018
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David Rowland
Posted: February 13, 2018
Excellent progress evident Ann, well done. As ever your bowing is straight and accurate. Started at about the same time as you but you have left me well behind. Good luck with book 3.

Rustam Gill
Posted: February 12, 2018
Great job with this piece Ann! Great rhythm and intonation.

Book 3, vibrato, and shifting this year? Im excited for you and I can tell you are up for the challenge.

Ann Meeker
Posted: February 12, 2018

@Janice, thank you for the encouraging words!

 @Dianne, you always have such good teaching points, your pointers always get marked in my Things To Watch notepad.  That slight LH pronation is sneaky old bad habit trying to rear its ugly head.  I think the “need more bow” issue on 16th and ascending passages is that I’m skating on the periphery of Faster Than I Can Handle, Slow Down Annie.  Always a challenge because my sense of “playing musically” demands faster speed than my technique can [yet!] handle.

 @Beth, appreciate the excellent pointers.  Will check out Sevcik Op. 3 and Intonia, thank you.  I’m very interested in your practice field study, starting now to apply it to my next piece (Martini Gavotte), will post shortly on that thread.  Oh, how nice to hear Subject Matter Expert say I have “solid skills”, that so much makes my day/week/month! I came to this blog totally frustrated with being able to read the notes just fine but Sounding So Awful, it feels so so so nice to be climbing out of that hole.  Thank you Thank you for all your many videos (of which I still have several more hundred to watch!).

@Barbara, thank you for your kind words.  That is a rather long piece, huh.  Every section is repeated twice plus then there is the Da Capo, so fortunately it’s repetitive rather than all different.  I memorize due to sheer necessity, seems that when I look at the music instead of my bow/bridge spot then I start getting scratching sounds.


Dianne
Posted: February 12, 2018
Hi Ann, you bow arm was perfect, it was just in the Trio in m.23 on those ascending notes that require the increasingly broader bow stroke.

Barbara Habel
Posted: February 12, 2018
Dear Ann. Are you playing this all by heart? That is one of the longest pieces in book 2. It has got lots of repeats. You are playing nicely with the accompanyment. Great achievement. And you have such a nice straight bow. You are doing really well.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: February 12, 2018
That was really great Ann! I think you have an unusually advanced  (considering how long you've been playing) control of bow distribution. For you, continuing with sophisticated exercises (Sevcik Op.3 for example) to be able to expertly handle nuances of bow articulation is something I think you should go for. I also think using Intonia more during practice will take your already good intonation to a level of real good intonation. I notice inconsistencies with some of the notes. Like, in one measure your C# is in tune and then in another it's out of tune. I hope you're doing our practice field study with us. I think you'd be the perfect candidate to benefit hugely from the work because you already are very facile and have solid skills, so applying new practice techniques will come easy for you.

Dianne
Posted: February 12, 2018
Hi Ann! I really like that you took a year for Book 2. The sequential movement through the pieces and applying input from Beth and others on each piece, and then moving on is really paying off for you. You are a role model for us who want to progress through these books. Congratulations!

Just some observations:
You have rhythm, poise, musicality and memorization skills. You look like a pro in this regard. Some tips for going forward: (take w/ a grain of salt)- slight pronation of the left hand (raising the left hand a little and moving from the base knuckles might help the fingers to drop/lift). There is slight right shoulder movement on the 16th notes- you could try using a little more bow to encourage the bow arm to relax in this spot.

Janice Branley
Posted: February 12, 2018
Elegant and assured, a good year!