A tricky passage and the return of a tapePosted: January 12, 2012
Fine. I’ll out with it. I put a tape back on the violin. It actually wasn’t up to me, as it was a matter of pride to play without tapes, but others didn’t see it that way. Last weekend, Danielle’s friend from college Ilana Setapen, who’s now the assistant concertmaster at the Milwaukee Symphony, was over and gave me a mini lesson (which I didn’t record for some reason). One of the things she said was that my third finger was consistently out of tune, something Danielle has also said. She suggested that I just put one third finger tape on, also something Danielle has mentioned, so it came to be that my fate was sealed. We used a piece of scotch tape, so it’s practically invisible. A little better than those loud blue tapes I had on before. I must say, it does make those shifts to third position MUCH easier–this one part early in the piece that involved a shift gave me problems and is now a non-issue. Funny. Hopefully I won’t go through the same pains as last time when I took the tapes off. We’ll see.
Enough of that. The stuff you heard me play with Danielle a week or so ago was the stuff right before the 1st violin solo, and after that is a 2nd violin solo. That’s where I start here. As you’ll hear, I get tangled up and Danielle helps me. There’s a second of black in the middle of the video, so don’t stop the video too soon. Also, Danielle holds the recorder later in the video, which you can always tell because it looks like something out of Paranormal Activity:
Since that lesson, I really have been trying to play with a big sound regardless of whether I’m playing it for the first of 100th time. I think that’s pretty good advice.