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Rather than take over Ray's thread I thought I would start this one to talk about the Benda Grave.
I am up to Humoresque in Suzuki book 3 so this piece has been a real challenge. I started working on it the day Beth posted it over two and a half months ago and I am still struggling along. I never practiced scales in 3rd position so I've been learning that (very slowly) with this piece.
Vlab member Lesley gave me a some tips that have really helped out and I can, after all this time, play the notes but I want to do more than that, of course.
I find it much more rewarding and fun to play than the Suzuki pieces and I hope that these new pieces Beth is presenting can be a sort of alternative. The Scherzino is great fun too but I don't think I'll try Czardas just yet!!
Posted: October 9, 2019
Last Comment: October 10, 2019
Posted: October 10, 2019
Hi Ted, sounds like a good plan and yes, getting stuck in the Suzuki book is how I have felt about book 4 for a while now. I would love to see it if you'd ever like to share your progress. When I try it I'll post a video. Just trying to get through a couple of concerts then things will slow down a bit and I can get back to regular practice. I squeeze in as much as I can, but the focus is the concert pieces and getting them polished. I've linked to the place in the piece where the performer changes emphasis so that it sounds different when he repeats it. I really like the sound of this interpretation and I might try it out. And that instrument sounds deep, rich and clear.