I’ve been DemotedPosted: March 10, 2011
Danielle pulled me off the Paganini, at least for the next couple of weeks, and put me onto Kreutzer etude #2. She also has me working on Sevcik Preparatory Exercises in Double Stops #9, the one dealing with octaves. Oh yeah, she also put tapes on my violin, which you saw in that guilt post.
There’s a reason for each of these moves, however. As she put it, “you can’t go wrong with Kreutzer etude #2” and with it I’ll work on things like bow changes and different bowings. Most of you are probably familiar with this particular etude. Here’s me playing the first couple of measures:
Unfortunately those tapes are more obvious than I was hoping. Oh well. If you listen, though, there are a couple of specific areas I’m struggling with. My intonation isn’t horrible (thanks to the tapes) but I’m having trouble not wandering onto the wrong string, and I’m also having trouble with string changes.
Another thing I didn’t think would necessarily be a problem is playing on camera. I’ve practiced that etude for many hours in the last few days and for a good amount of time this morning preparing for my big screen etude debut. Out of many takes, that was unfortunately the best, and I also planned to play the entire first two lines instead of just the first four measures you hear above. It’s a bit disappointing. I was excited to show off my awesome etude playing, but that didn’t happen. In a way, though, I’m glad I have some sort of performance practice. Not like playing in front of the camera is exactly like performing in front of a crowd of people, but it’s not entirely different, as the video gets posted on here for the world to see. A musician can’t just be able to play in the solicitude of his or her practice room, but has to be able to play under pressure.
As for the Sevcik octave exercises, the reason for these is to prepare me for variation 3 in the Paganini. Variation 3 looks like:
See how there are two notes being played at the same time? Those are double stops and in particular they’re an octave apart. For example, it we look at the first measure, we can see that the two notes form an octave:
Here’s Danielle playing variation 3:
See? Even she messes up sometimes! Here’s the full variation: