Fast fearsPosted: April 3, 2011
As I practice and play in my own little world, it’s easy to forget how real violinists sound and look as they play. Now, I’m not saying I should be playing at that high a level, but the speed at which the Paganini Caprice should be played is, to say the least, intimidating. Even the theme, which I have down the best at this point, isn’t anywhere near tempo.
So I’m scared. Mostly, I practice at a slower tempo, a tempo where I can hit all the notes and make it sound as clear as possible, but I also try to play faster – and it’s always a disaster. Danielle says the speed will just come; I hope that’s true.
At this point, you’re probably tired of variation 2, but I promised I’d post a video of me playing the entire thing, so here it is. I’m not ecstatic with this performance, but it’ll have to do for now:
It’s not that clean and certainly not fast enough. I’m a little disappointed with this variation because I thought it would be much easier, but it’s turned out to be a beast. Whenever the hand has to be really stretched out with the index finger and pinky (first and fourth fingers) on different strings all far apart, well it’s hard.
Danielle described the first and fourth fingers on the strings like a block. She had me do this blocking exercise: