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Anne aMaudPowellFan
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Dear all, this is my current version of Bach Partita in E major, Gavotte en Rondeau. It is for the ABRSM exam on December 4th. I appreciate your time watching and your feedback.

When recording, I set the "gain" on low because with the normal setting on "high" there were a lot of harsh noises. Hope you can turn up the volume high enough to hear it. It works on my system, at least.
Anne aMaudPowellFan
13 Responses
Posted: November 15, 2011
Last Comment: November 18, 2011

Posted: November 18, 2011
wow!!! excellent...

Posted: November 17, 2011
Hi Anne.

I know I haven't been posting very much lately, but I have been keeping tabs on all the happenings here at the VL and your performance sure needs a little acknowledgement from old jack here.  ;-)

I find all of your performances a joy to listen to and you continue to inspire me as always.  Although the video sound was not optimal on my computer, I believe you are more than ready for your exam and I wish you the best of luck.  As we say out here . . ."It's in the bag!" 

Posted: November 16, 2011

Dear Ann,

When we browse through the stacks on violin playing we see general catorgories like beginner and intermediate.  You certainly are neither.  In the short time that I have joined VL you have steadily improved and as Beth said you are now playing on the same level as some professionals.  You are an example of what consistant practice is all about.  Bravo!

From a Newbie

Sean Li Child
Posted: November 16, 2011

Excellent playing Anne. I loved the grace notes and ornaments you added. Very baroque style. I love having new violin friends. Wanna add me to facebook: Sean Li Child

Feel free to critique my playing too:

Thank you sincerely,


Posted: November 16, 2011


I’m just a beginner, however as Ian did, the first thing I noticed was your straight bowing.

I have to tell you a secret. The first time I recorded myself playing, I deleted the video because it was a horror movie. I found so many wrong things and one of them was my way of bowing. My disappointment was so strong that I stop playing the violin for months believing I should change instrument. Then while listening to Itzhak Perlman, Ida Haendel, Fritz Kreisler and some others virtuosos, I just could not resist the desire to run for my violin and attack the strings with all my heart and soul; but this time, not without a pair of rails attached to the violin especially designed to maintain an straight bowing.

I'm looking forward for your comments after December 4, 2011’s examination and as we say in Chile, country where I was born, “Buena suerte mi amiga!”


Shelly ~ South Carolina
Posted: November 16, 2011
I have nothing to offer in the way of critique but oh MY!! That was wonderful!!!  Good luck with your exams but I *KNOW* you will do AMAZING!!! Very inspiring!  As Beth said, "BRAVA"!!!

Posted: November 16, 2011
it's grade 8 :)

Ian Renshaw
Posted: November 16, 2011
Hello Anne,
That was a lovely performance- I'm envious of your super-straight bowing! May I ask which ABRSM grade it is you're taking? That must be 7 or 8 surely...
You look very steady, composed and relaxed while you're playing too. Looking forward to your next video post.

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: November 16, 2011
Hi Beth, thank you! This will not sound very modest but what I aim for is being an amateur who plays like a professional. A secret resolution not for the New Year but for the New Decade and on. So I much appreciate your comment.

Yes, the ornaments are all my own. The only suggestion of my teacher was to leave the last repeat of the main section alone. like going back to the roots, being strong by austerity. I couldn't resist to put in a last mordent, though. Previously, I had used everything that I could think of in the last section.

I was inspired to do ornamentations by a young girl on YouTube. Unfortunately, I can't find that video anymore. And then I listened to Rachel Podger and a lutist for more ideas.

I'll record my Wieniawski Legende in a few days, trying to catch some of the vibrato vibrancy fairy dust that you are dispensing (love your images). Vibrato still is mostly arm I am afraid, but it has gained some variety and intensity nonetheless I hope.

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: November 16, 2011
Thank you, Jo and Eileen, for your encouragement. I am reasonable certain that I will do well with my pieces. The Bach is the strongest. I love all my three pieces, but the Gavotte has a special place in my heart (right after the Preludio, but that's not in the repertoire list).
If I feel brave I'll post some scales to get your feedback.

Then there is sight reading and ear training. I'll be relieved if I pass the ear training. How did all of you who took / take those exams prepare for the ear training? It' daunting.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: November 15, 2011
Hi Anne, I have good speakers, so I could crank it up. WoW! Excellent playing, truly. Your intonation is amazing! Your phrasing is very clear, and in general has come a long way over the past year. And I love all the ornamentation. Were those your additions or your teacher's?

I know you think of yourself as an amateur, but your Bach is on par with many professionals. If I could sprinkle any magic fairy dust on your technique at this point, it would just be to add vibrancy to your vibrato. I know you've been working on it, but have you tried to add any wrist or finger to your vibrato?

Anyway, Brava!

Posted: November 15, 2011
I think this will do well in the exam, honestly.

any professional comments I'll leave to the professionals (ie Beth) :)

I could hardly hear it but what I heard was 'lovely' :) xxx

Posted: November 15, 2011
Anne, I did have a little difficulty hearing but I was able to hear enough to be able to say "That was lovely and very well done".

I think you'll do just fine in your exam  !  No worries !   :-)