All Octaves and no Play…Posted: March 19, 2011
So I’ve been practicing octaves quite a bit lately. As we’ve mentioned before, octaves are like pushups–you feel really good after you do them, but really crappy while you’re doing them. Violin is one of those unfortunate things that makes you suffer to get any better, but there has to be a little fun, right?
So I revisited the theme. Yeah, I know. Since starting this project my definition of fun has slightly altered. If you remember, here’s the theme I played a couple of weeks ago:
Here’s me this morning:
OK, not perfect but some improvement, right? There’s a little pause before that second shift, but at least the ending is much cleaner. I also don’t pause as much throughout the second part. I’m happy for now. Before the final performance I will need to play it cleaner, and much, much faster. Luckily, there’s time.
Don’t tell Danielle, but I looked ahead to variation 2. It’s a cool little tune. Here’s my first go at it:
I’m actually missing quite a bit of the piece here. I don’t play any of the, what we call, grace notes. A grace note is a super fast little note that doesn’t even count numerically in the measure.
Sigh. Now it’s back to those octaves.