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Beth Blackerby
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Even if only a few of you are working on this piece, maybe you'll get some practicing ideas out of my response.
Beth Blackerby
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Posted: September 17, 2013
Last Comment: September 20, 2013
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richard barwell
Posted: September 20, 2013
If  you get stuck I sort of read/write Russian... You're probably not Russian though!

Evgeniya
Posted: September 19, 2013
Wow, thanks!
I hope I'll manage to deal with it, as I'm not actually an English speaking person, so it is sometimes difficult to me to understand some specifics, but it worth to do attempts!
Thank you for this information!

richard barwell
Posted: September 19, 2013
Thanks! My shifts can sometimes land me with an unstable hand position though, but I'll sort that out, I'm sure. The software is called 'Intonia', it's here;-

http://intonia.com/index.shtml

Its so useful, everything from tuning the violin to showing you what notes you missed in fast passages, but above all for checking intonation, and also finding your way around the fingerboard. It makes loads of things much easier.

Evgeniya
Posted: September 19, 2013
Hello!

I think your shiftings are great! 
And could you please discover to me that programme, which you are working with in this video and what is it for?

george #
Posted: September 18, 2013

Beth, your video response is a masterful teaching aid; in just those few minutes you presented  the entire picture of  playing 16 th notes....the timing -in real-time !...   A teacher is a wonderful asset ...watching a soloist play is totally different than having her detail  'how'   she approaches and  plays different measures...at least to me . Applause !George

Diane in SOCAL
Posted: September 18, 2013
Thanks Lily...that video made my day!!!!   Diane

richard barwell
Posted: September 18, 2013
Nice! Always good to see a man enjoying his job!

Lily Mo
Posted: September 18, 2013
This discussion includes members-only video content

Great contribution Beth and Richard.  Alternatively you could just throw away the score, the rule book and the kitchen sink as per Nigel's performance below.  See Marin Alsop heroically keep up.  Great playing and even better conducting. 


Barbara Habel
Posted: September 18, 2013

Thank you Beth and Richard,

Ive been  working on this piece some months back and put it back on the shelf as it proved too difficult then. I had only gotten as far as measure 21.

So this is a good inspiration to have a go at this piece again. Now I know how to work on measure 20!


 


Ray
Posted: September 18, 2013
This whole discussion is changing how I looked a grace notes.  Thanks Richard for bringing up topic.

Ray

richard barwell
Posted: September 18, 2013
Thankyou very much Beth, that's a very helpful video! I asked my teacher about this last night, and he said a similar thing to you, which was that it just has to sound 'flamboyant', so don't worry if the main notes end up short. I'd still like to refine it though, I really enjoy this piece, and I told my teacher I don't mind practicing this until next year!

I'm going to study the shift in more detail than I have, I think it may be what 'sets up' my hand wrong when I'm in 1st position (that's when my 4th finger waves at the string from a safe distance rather than hitting it...) Taking the grace notes out is something I haven't done before, as I hadn't thought of practicing the shift in isolation.

I noticed that I don't keep my first finger on the string when I shift down. I've just tried this again with that finger sliding on the string rather than jumping off it, and it feels like it makes the 1st position bit a bit less manic. That's a promising start!

Hopefully we can get some more people playing this piece, I think that sharing this learning experience would be very motivating and just really good fun.

Thanks again Beth!



Doc
Posted: September 17, 2013
Wow, that looks really hard, but it is great information no matter if you are working on the piece or not.

george #
Posted: September 17, 2013

Beth, You make it look so simple !!! ( now, can I remember until I get the case open !!)