The whole third variationPosted: April 28, 2011
After posting the theme about a week ago, I’ve only posted things like scales and the Kreutzer etude, so today I wanted to post a portion of the caprice. I thought about trying to get variation 2 up to tempo, but I was a little too afraid of the grace notes, so I passed. But variation 3, what’s so hard about a few octaves?
Here’s where we get into a plus of having this blog. Besides the first passage, which I posted about a month ago, I hadn’t played any of this variation before. Danielle played the whole thing, so I knew what it sounded like, but not where the fingers went, what notes there were, etc. Now, I take forever to learn anything new on my own because I’m really slow at reading music. I can do it, but I have to figure it out note by note and then figure out which finger needs to go where on the fingerboard. Then I have to worry about the rhythm, which I usually end up messing up anyway. How is this a plus for the blog? The blog literally forced me to learn this so I could play it and post it–something I spent about four hours on today (although I didn’t practice thirds – don’t tell Danielle). Without the pressure of posting, I probably wouldn’t put myself through this torment.
And octaves really make my pinkie hurt.
Here’s variation 3:
Every note is a double stop, so playing this variation involves shifting the first and fourth fingers up and down the G and D strings. I tackled this in two ways. First, I practiced playing octaves in general. Here, the octave scales helped and some Sevcik exercises helped as well. Second, I learned the notes of the variation with the first finger shifting along the G string only. Here’s the first finger only starting at that high A:
Once I had the notes relatively in tune and the rhythm not horrible, then I added in the fourth finger and played the double stops:
Again, like everything I’ve put on here, it’s not perfect but I’m fairly proud of that four hours. It takes a little too long to find that high A (I think I actually play a G#), the rhythm isn’t perfect, and the octaves themselves at times are not quite full octaves (more like a 7th, if such a thing exists) but I’m happy with it.
The next step was to play it with vibrato, which I did next:
Not bad, huh?