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Beth, would love to get your help on this piece.  I play it all pretty much detache' but would love to have suggestions on better bowing and/or fingering options.  Thanks.

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Posted: September 15, 2016
Last Comment: September 20, 2016

Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 20, 2016
David, I've always used the International edition with the Galamian edits.

Posted: September 19, 2016
Thank you all for your supportive comments.  Mary, I have never tried a baroque bow, but would love to.  Can't imagine playing too much louder, though - that might be some of the problem - that I've alway tried to have a big sound and now it's hard for me to quiet down and add nuance - as Dianne correctly pointed out.

Beth, thank you so much for taking the time to offer your advice on interpretation. Like I said above, I do have a problem toning it down and am consciously trying to do so.  I'll go through it slowly as you said (I remember watching a video where Itzhak Perlman said to always start very slowly).

I did want to ask if you could refer me to a particular edition of this piece that you would recommend or if you have an annotated edition that you could share (as you did with the Meditation of Thais). 

Thanks, again, everybody!

Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 18, 2016
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Posted: September 18, 2016
Have you ever tried playing with a baroque bow?
It really pulls the sound out of the violin I think because of the extreme tension of the bow hair. You have a very solid bold sound as it is but I would be curious to hear what this sounds like with your playing a baroque bow. Just a thought.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: September 16, 2016
Very nice, David! You are an expressive player. I'll get back to you with a video response soon.

Posted: September 16, 2016
Violinists all strive for that professional sound- and I think you have it. It is very distinct in your bow arm. I was literally stunned when listening to it. Take this with a grain of salt, but I almost wished you used even more contrasts (crescendos/diminuendos) as this piece seems to cry out for it. You seem to already be playing at or near a professional level. I can hardly wait for Beth's video response.

Posted: September 16, 2016
This was indeed very beautiful :) 

It was a pleasure to listen to you . Your violin sounds really nice . Good job and well done . Would love to  see more video posts from you . 

Posted: September 16, 2016
Wow, I really enjoyed listening to you!! I'm definetly not even near to this level of playing, but I love Bach and you played wonderfully... That was amazing.

Posted: September 15, 2016

What a beautiful sound you have, particularly love to listen to this...You played it so effortless.

Btw, glad to see you and hear you play again, it has been a long while...Still remember this room and the beautiful light fixture.

Mary, would you like me to photograph the piece and send it to u via e mail? I have not practiced that difficult piece since I asked to play/learn it together. I will try to do it tomorrow.

Posted: September 15, 2016
I am working on this Partita as well. Allemande is not easy. I enjoyed your rendition 
Very clean