I’ve given myself one year to master the violin.

As an adult beginner, I should be playing Twinkle Twinkle; instead, I'm playing Paganini's 24th caprice.

The Theme

I’m happy to report that I’m completely through the theme!  Well, sort of.  As we’ve seen before, the theme is the first two lines of music:

As you can tell when listening to it, these lines are light, quick, and nimble and have a dance-like quality to them.  You can really hear that fun, dance-like quality when you listen to Danielle play:

Did you see her cat-like smile at the end there?  What’s up with that little grin?  If you missed it:

I’m not sure, but I think I just got told.

OK, it looks like I’ll have to bring the goods, but before I do, let’s look at the piece a little more.  Specifically, let’s look at the ending part:

What’s the deal with that?  Why all the changes from low to high, back to low, back to high, give me a break, man!  It’s hard enough for me to play anything fast enough, but trying to play the different notes is really hard.  Plus, to add to the difficulty, this second-to-last measure for some reason in my mind seems like it should be slower than the rest:

Danielle actually didn’t want me to post this video because she said I wasn’t allowed to post anything that I played “that slow and that out of tune.”  Ouch.

Enough dilly-dally.  Here’s me playing the entire theme:

So it’s not perfect, but what did you expect?  Some positives from my perspective include overall violin form (I look pretty good, don’t I?) two shifts that I do somewhat decently (especially after a week and a half) and the fact that I don’t totally break down and cry.  Negatives include tempo, rhythm, intonation, and a laundry list too numerous to completely cover.  But I did get through the whole thing, so I’m happy about that.  For now.

A special thanks to my buddy Bryan for shooting those last two videos.  Here’s his opinion:

We’ll see about that.


2 Comments on “The Theme”

  1. Joan says:

    1. Nice hair — who’s your hairdresser?
    2. Beautiful wife —
    3. Realistic friend —
    4. Brave soul —
    5. I’m having fun —
    6. It’s apparent you are too — 🙂

  2. Tracey says:

    You’re so adorable, Ryan! Your personality really comes through your text. I do have to say that I’m impressed with your progress…however, my opinion is also coming from a non-musical background, unless you count my “year” of piano lessons in 3rd grade that I HATED…
    Anyway, keep it up! Love you! T

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