Can I play Bach's Sonata #1, "Adagio" with only 1st - 3rd Position?
June 26, 2012 at 12:05 PMBefore you tell me it's too advanced, please don't.
I love it and I want to play it.
I'm somewhat self coached and I know up to third position. Can I play Bach's Sonata #1, part 1 for solo violin with only up to 3rd position?
From Emily HogstadIt's possible. But I don't think you'll like how it sounds.
Posted on June 26, 2012 at 3:26 PM
There are portions that benefit a great deal from using fourth (and maybe fifth, I can't remember at the moment). It's really no different from third. Just slide your hand up and take note of where the whole and half steps are. Just because you haven't learned a position "officially" doesn't mean you can't use it. Have fun, this is a wicked wicked difficult piece to play well, but it's enjoyable, and never gets boring!
From Roy SonneThere is actually only one place, at the end of measure 16 where you have to go to 4th position. And even there, you could get around it. As we become more informed about the performance style of the 18th century we learn that they stayed in the lower positions a lot more than we are used to, and also used the open strings a lot more. You have to develop a fine sensitivity to the tone quality so that when you change strings in the middle of a melody, it doesn't stick out. Actually, you'd be amazed at how much of the G Minor adagio can sound wonderful in first position.
Posted on June 27, 2012 at 5:11 AM
From Atilla YasarHey mr Roy Sonne, this doesn't really have anything to do with this blog. But I wanted to thank you for your Youtube videos, you really inspired me with one (I can remember one) of your videos! (it's like at least 6 months ago but I still remember it) I'm too lazy to search for the video but you talked about different bow strokes and applying it for phrasing and you used (among others) Bach's menuet no.3 as an example.. So thanks!! = D
Posted on June 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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