On a Larger ScalePosted: March 23, 2011
One piece of the violinist toolbox I’ve yet to touch upon is the scale. I’ve been doing scales, of course, but just never showed myself doing them. They’re more difficult than they seem like they should be. Well, maybe they’re not more difficult, just that standards are higher with them. On a difficult passage, if a few things here and there are off, then so what, but on a scale, you’re playing very predictable notes, so shouldn’t it be perfect?
With my playing, that answer is clearly no.
Since Paganini Caprice 24 is written in A-minor, it would makes sense for me to be practicing an A-minor scale, right? Probably, but Danielle wanted me to start with A-major first so that’s what I’ve been doing. At the beginning, I only went up two octaves, and I didn’t even use a 4th finger – I played with open strings. Then I used the 4th finger, but still played only two octaves:
Besides the fancy camera work, noting too exciting, right? Adding on just one more little octave means several shifts going up and down. Here’s my valiant attempt:
Besides missing the cute little face at the end, not horrible, huh? Several of the high notes are out of tune, but hey, my tapes don’t go up that high. An interesting thing to do with the last video is actually to mute it and watch it again. My left hand actually looks kind of good. My darn right hand seems to be messing everything up. When starting the violin, I would have guessed that the left hand would be 99% of the problems. Now, I’m not saying I’ve mastered the left hand or anything, but the right hand is surprisingly an equally (if not more so) beast to tame.