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Hi Everyone,

Ahhh, Open String Duets Set 2 Exercise 4!  I knew it was going to cause trouble for me.  It is fast, for me, it has a dotted quarter note, AND Beth's part is sooo different that it is hard for me to keep track of where and what I am suppose to be playing.

I have worked on this piece for the last two days and 3 hours today.  The attached video is at 60% tempo.  So when you critique it please do not fall asleep.  Measures 12-16 gave me the most trouble.  

You will find a massive amount to say and critique but what I am really interested in is how close I am to playing in rhythm with Beth.  

Again, this is a very difficult piece for me to play with Beth.  I will get there but I really need the critique before I fall down that rabbit hole of bad rhythm habits.  

Anything you have to say will be held in the strictest of confidence.  :)))

May the Beat Be With You Always,


7 Responses
Posted: March 13, 2019
Last Comment: March 14, 2019

Posted: March 14, 2019
Thanks for all the encouraging comments.  They truly mean a lot.  Dianne, you hit the nail on the head.  The measures around m.14 was my main problem area.  No surprise that there was a slight hesitancy right after the dotted quarter note.  I had to scramble to finish the piece when Beth finished her part.  

So more work is still needed in those measures as well as playing up to full tempo.  Barbara, full tempo is fast, for me. but that is part of the journey. 

Posted: March 14, 2019
Hi Ray, Nice job of hearing the downbeats in the accompaniment. After the 8th note, you just needed to start the downbeat in m.14 more quickly. Nice job!!

Barbara Habel
Posted: March 14, 2019
Dear Ray

This is already a fast speed at 60%. I have no idea how it is meant to sound. So I can not really comment on it.

Hope you are having fun with this. I am giving you credit for sticking with it. Keep at it and you are bound to succeed in your studies.

Timothy Smith
Posted: March 14, 2019
Nice work Ray! I'll admit to playing hookie on the exercise. Listening to this makes me want to investigate it further. I think you would fit really well into any local community orchestra on this part!

Lee Gordon Seebach
Posted: March 14, 2019
Hi Ray,

Just want to say that I admire how you're constantly working on basic skills.  I do the same thing and believe that this type of training will pay off in the long run.

Keep at it!

Posted: March 14, 2019
Really?  I guess maybe what I am hearing are all the times I played it when it did sound like two different pieces of music.  Hmmm perception and reality.  Thanks Barb.

Barb Wimmer
Posted: March 14, 2019
Very good Ray.  You add to the piece very well which it seems to me you have the rhythm down-maybe bow arm down a little-tone is great-you seem to be relaxed and controlled in bowing. Sounds enjoyable to listen to both and doesn’t seem to be off like you weren’t playing another song. All one song great job