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Anne
I am trying to get the forth movement (Allegro) of the Bach Sonata No 3 in E major vor violin and harpsichord ready for an ABRSM performance assessment on November 27th. I am including two versions, one with play-along accompaniment which is a bit fast and another solo in the tempo I like for this piece. Any comments and suggestions are highly welcome. Thank you for listening!
Anne
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Posted: November 13, 2010
Last Comment: November 22, 2010
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Eileen
Posted: November 22, 2010
For some reason the volume was very low and I had trouble hearing but from what I could hear it sounded very good Anne. Like Jo, I feel inadequate to offering any technical advice but I do like that you're closer to the camera and we can better see what you are doing with your body as you play, especially that left hand...though it does wander off camera from time to time in your performance piece vid. All the best to you at your assessment on Saturday ! Let us know how you do.

jojo
Posted: November 22, 2010
well done Anne, I certainly can't give you any advice, I've only been learning a bit less than 4 years so I believe less than you have and am not at the level you are yet, but I can tell you from 'where I am' you are doing a very good job of these pieces. I am sure an expert will always find 'something' so I'll leave Beth to find it LOL ;)

Anne
Posted: November 22, 2010
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This is my new version of the Bach Allegro from Sonata No 3. I used different microphone settings, which took some of the edge off. It is not really over-blown, Beth, but I hope that the interpretive intentions are clearer. I am still doing the crooked bowing occasionally, I notice, Diane. Need to practice with mirror, I expect.

Your suggestions have been helpful to me. This version feels rounder, more organic, than the first. Perhaps, it is missing a bit of energy. I was quite tired when I recorded it. Any further comments and suggestions are most welcom. Thank you for listening!


Anne
Posted: November 22, 2010
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For good measure, I am including the other piece I am preparing for the performance assessment next Saturday. There are still a few days to work on it. I appreciate any suggestions or comments you might have. Thank you for listening!

jojo
Posted: November 21, 2010
I really enjoyed these, well done Anne :)

Anne
Posted: November 16, 2010

Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. First off, I greatly appreciate your taking the time to listen and telling me when you enjoyed it. This is most rewarding.

Yesterday, I had a lesson with my teacher and a rehearsal with my accompanist, and together with your suggestions, I have a lot to work with.

Diane, your points about rhythm and coming off the ties are very valid. I also noticed the crooked bowings when watching myself. Recording oneself is certainly enlightening.

Beth, I looked into opportunities for softer playing and came up with some endings of phrases and the triplet section. I'll try and post an "exaggerated" version. I felt that the phrasing was already clear, but, OK, I feel challenged to bring it out more prominently.

As to my concept of vibrato, I admit that it is determined by my inability to have an energetic vibrato motor on all the time. So I use it sparingly and mostly at the end of notes to relax the sound. My best chance for good sound is the bowing, and I got some suggestions in my lesson yesterday about more lively and diverse bowing. But we will work on vibrato once more after the exam.

Next Wednesday, I am doing a dress rehearsal for friends, with piano, of the Bach Allegro and the Wieniawski Legende. I hope that the pianist lets me post tapes.

Thank you once more!


Eileen
Posted: November 14, 2010
Anne, I'm in no position to offer any suggestions or critiques...but I did want to say how much I thoroughly enjoyed listening ! You get such wonderful sounds from that violin...bravo !

Diane
Posted: November 14, 2010
Anne! I applaud all the work you put into learning this piece. I love your clean clear sound and the bow usage. You get to the frog at all the right times. The more refined a player is the more picky the comments get. Every once in a while your bow gets slightly crooked. Just aim the bow tip to your left ear a bit. I would also do a little metronome work really solidifying eight notes, triplets, sixteenths and coming off the ties. For example: feel the eights a little bolder, the triplets more legato and get off those ties crisply. Overall wonderful and so brave of you to post!

Andres
Posted: November 14, 2010
good job!

Kimber
Posted: November 14, 2010
Anne That was truly beautiful!!!! Kimber

Anne
Posted: November 13, 2010
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Bach Allegro with play-along accompaniment in faster tempo.

Anne
Posted: November 13, 2010
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Bach Allegro without accompaniment in final tempo.