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I have been practicing this piece very slowly for a while now, working on spiccato,  shifting, slurs, chords, tempo changes, vibrato, playing with accompaniment, ... and still have lots of work to do, but today I recorded this, trying the "Slow Practice Tempo" on the Recital Training CD. I made it 3/4 of the way through, then dropped out. Funny thing is, the sautillé passage at the end is ridiculously slow at this tempo, but the rest of the piece feels fast at this 'slow practice tempo' for where I am. What is good @ this is that it gets my fingers moving, and reminds me in the chord section of putting 2 feet down in dance steps at once. Slow practice will not get that fast reflex going, especially in and out of certain measures, so this was fun to try. Comments welcome.
6 Responses
Posted: June 11, 2018
Last Comment: June 15, 2018

Posted: June 15, 2018
Thank you. That will help the chords, more speed and less pressure.

Fabiano Formiga de Carvalho
Posted: June 14, 2018
Less pression, more bow. Perhaps more speed.

Posted: June 13, 2018
Hi Barb, those chords are the hardest part in this piece, although the whole thing is filled with challenges. Of the 3 Seitz pieces in Book 4, for me this last one is the hardest. One of the reasons for my feeling rushed is not having enough preparation work, and also possibly using too much bow in some areas. I have started the second book of Wohlfahrt to work on getting more comfortable in third position intonation. There are a couple of measures of slurs using fingers 1-4 descending that I am working on also. My old teacher would have asked me to prepare all fingers (lightly) descending, so that is probably what I will do. What I listen for in this recording is any interruption in the sound- unbalanced or missing dynamics, intonation problems, string crossings, a dropped note, pressing in the chords, ...I would really have liked to have started this piece unseen with the practice course, but I will start the next one with it. The practice course tips can be used for the areas in here that are needing work though.

Thanks Mary for the encouragement! I think my playing style needs to lighten up a bit on these, these three Romantic pieces tend to get heavy, but Beth plays these delicately. How to project the sound without too much pressure... bow speed!!

Hola Assumpció, muchas gracias por las ideas. Esa sección de acordes necesita relajación en la mano izquierda. Relajando la mano entre acordes puedo practicar despacio y trabajaré en eso. Conseguir un buen anillo con el arco en estos acordes usando la curva del puente es otra buena idea. ¡ Creo que estaré practicando esta pieza por más de un par de semanas más!

Assumpció Segura
Posted: June 13, 2018
Muy bonito Dianne! 
En los acordes de la seccion final  yo  siempre pienso en soltar mucho la mano izquierda, que esté totalmente relajada y que el arco haga un movimiento de U bien cogido a la cuerda..para que suenen muy bien  las dos cuerdas.. es una idea...
Pero me gusta mucho! lo tocas muy bien!

Mary Freeman
Posted: June 12, 2018
By slowing this down you are getting a real head start. I hear a lot of good listening on your part

Barb Wimmer
Posted: June 12, 2018
That sounds great Dianne. You play very well with the accompaniment and play the song well. The part where you play both strings I remember that was a hard part but you seem to do it pretty well.