Let’s put some pizz on the situationPosted: September 18, 2011
About four months ago, one of the variations I was most afraid of was the 9th – the one with all of the left hand pizzicato. Left hand pizz (I originally spelled it ‘pitz’ but Danielle nixed that) is a very cool technique that sounds super cool. Of course it’s incredibly intimidating as well and that’s why I’ve put it off, but Danielle put a stop to that as well. For some of you not familar with how left hand pizzicato sounds, here’s a little taste:
Danielle began teaching this piece by just teaching the notes and then progressing into the actual pizzicato. A couple night ago she gave me a lesson on this variation and you’ll see here how it progresses. We start with just the notes, then we move to the pizz. I had practiced the pizz technique on my own a little bit (to her surprise) but I play it as Elbert would call ‘scrambly.’ So we move on to playing the notes again but in a long-short-long-short rhythm that’s supposed to help when trying to play the proper rhythm. As it turns out, it’s really hard to vary the rhythm like that and I got a little frustrated (which I don’t show you, dear viewer). We plowed on and it turned out a little better. After this, we move on to the actual variation. This is just the first part, not quite all the way to the repeat, but almost:
I’m not going on the record to say that left hand pizz is easy, but compared to some of the other stuff (thirds come to mind) this variation was a pleasant surprise. I’m going to try to knock out the rest of the variation soon so I can play through it all.
I have learned the rest of the fourth variation by now as well (which I’ll play for you in the next couple of days) so here’s a quick rundown of how much I’ve learned:
Theme – entire thing
Variation 1 – until the repeat
Variation 2 – entire thing without the grace notes
Variation 3 – entire thing
Variation 4 – entire thing
Variation 5 – not attempted
Variation 6 – thirds attempted, not really in tempo
Variation 7 – not attempted
Variation 8 – not attempted
Variation 9 – until the repeat
Variation 10 – not attempted
Variation 11 – not attempted
Finale – until the repeat
It does seem like I have a considerable amount left, but it also seems like I’m learning stuff much faster than before.
Honestly, I might just do it. Well, I think I have good chances anyway.