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.

Octave Video

I forgot to post the video of me playing the octaves in my last post when I talked about it.  I don’t play any of the variation 3, but here’s me doing the Sevcik octave exercises:

Yeah, octaves are really hard.  I think shifting in general is pretty hard, but when you have to shift two fingers it’s even worse.  I’ll be working on this a lot.


2 Comments on “Octave Video”

  1. JRV says:

    It’s fun to watch the videos — especiallly your face when you end an exercise — ;]

  2. Gail says:

    Sevcik Octave exercises are a good way to work on octaves, Ryan, but I agree with Danielle that time is of the essence! Yeah, you can practice octaves – two fingers and struggle a long time to get them in tune. I prefer to have
    students first start with “one finger scales” usually first finger -on one octave and one string, then once they can shift through the 1/2 and whole steps fluidly, I have them work on fingered harmonics (same principle, but you use the fourth finger above the first finger to play an artificial harmonic). Many violinists don’t realize that
    the distance between the first and fourth fingers when they play an artificial harmonic is EXACTLY the same distance as an octave (you just have to hop the fourth finger directly over to the adjacent string -a fifth)! So-TADA! You are practicing octaves! Good Luck!

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