Written by Ben Chan
Published: April 5, 2015 at 12:13 AM [UTC]
I'm still enthralled with Wieniawski's D Minor Concerto since my student is preparing for a recital. While teaching him last night, I taught the principle that I share in this video.
Enjoy, and thanks for all of your feedback!
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I've encountered these kinds of situations many times, in both pieces and in studies, where I'm in a certain position but I have to make an extension and then drop back or raise up half a step, etc. Having a good reference frame for hand position is indeed critical to reaching the notes easily and staying in tune, but I don't think of the "number" of the position. I think more of the intervals I'm playing. Maybe I should try it your way.
On the other hand, I'm nowhere near ready to play the concerto you quoted. So I guess the only surprising thing to me is that a student who would be working on this concerto would not know how to do that already. The other possibility is that somehow I missed the point entirely...
This piece is also quite a few levels of difficulty higher than what my student can currently handle. He's very methodical and I wanted to really stretch him. We've only been playing it for a couple of months now and already he's made quite a few leaps and bounds in his basic playing ability - but it's still a bit too difficult for him to play through from start to finish.
He's actually preparing to play this 1st movement for our annual NYSSMA competition at the All-State level. I expect he will not get the best score, but I intend for this to be a good learning process for him. And we plan on repeating the same piece a year from now for NYSSMA All-State again.
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