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William Weathers
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William Weathers
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Posted: October 7, 2019
Last Comment: October 9, 2019

Posted: October 9, 2019
I absolutely could not play this the last time I tried. You are doing great!

Posted: October 8, 2019
Hi William,

Thoroughly enjoyed your interpretation of such a beautiful piece of music.  Your string crossings basically I was taking notes on how to improve my string crossings.  Well done.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: October 8, 2019
Good job with those straight bows, Bill! I'm so glad to see you can maintain straight bows and a consistent sounding point while still monitoring left hand issues. My assessment of your intonation is that it's pretty solid, however, be super careful with he 3rd and 4th finger notes. The 4th finger overshoots by a hair (I can tell because mine often does swell!) and then when that happens it pulls the 3rd finger up  too. 

Since you're tone is nice and even, I think you should experiment with bow pressure to find a tone color that's even more lyrical. In a nutshell, if you can reduce your pressure while continuing the same bow speed and sounding point, I think you'd have a lovely sound for this piece.

Barbara Habel
Posted: October 8, 2019
Dear William

Nice piece - which is why I started playing it again and am preparing it for my christmas recital.

I love your very bend wrist when you are playing at the frog - with the result that you have very straight bowing. Excellent!!!! - I am still struggling with that.......

Yes you know that you have plenty of strings going "plopp" when you change a string but are lifting your finger already even though the bow is still on that string. For me it is the moments when a 3rd finger on one string goes to a 1st or 2nd finger on a higher string.

The solution is to pay special attention to leaving that old finger for longer on the string before going to the next string. I marked all those notes in the sheetmusic with a red dot above the first note. That helps me a lot.

I noticed that at the beginning you use less bow - then as you get comfortable you use more bow. As a solution to this I would practice a single measure with as much bow as possible. I repeat a measure 5 times to practice this.

And my teacher wants me to give to the - 1st note in a slur of 3 - "more" bow than the other 2 notes. This gives more "emphasis" to the 1st note. But do it with "more speed" and "not" more pressure.

And as the next thing I will do for "my own practice" is to use the "metronome" - but starting at a lower speed than yours. My teacher noticed that I play the sections where there are "no" slurs of 3 too fast. I can not tell whether you do that too because I have a different version of the music than you do.

Nice grand piano!!!! Nice metronome. So you are clearly a musician!!!! Well done for this rendition of Jesus joy of manīs desiring. Thank you for posting!!!!