October 23, 2009 at 5:46 PM
In response to a question of developing musicality/artistry…
The referrals to my book are simply to make the correlations easier for those that have the book. I trust the tips given are clear for all to benefit.
RE: Musicality……just guess:-)
Actually, I do have a 'hidden code' throughout the book……kind of.
As you do the following, your mind, imagination and ear will become aware of the changes of character, tension and release caused by the numerous variables.
Notes will take on life, becoming little people—each with a personality and duty to fulfill.
In doing just 3 variations of a passage or lyric phrase, you will gain greater awareness and skills in shaping, molding and expressing the musical character desired.
Listen, listen, listen. Feel the hands and arms move in concert with the character and type of sound you desire.
Along with pure technical work for the physical mastery of playing, use:
I. Rhythmic variations (e.g., Basics II R1-8 *plus)
II. Tonal and dynamic variations (e.g., Basics I #1-4 *plus)
III. Vibrato variations ala the "Sliding Arpeggios," e.g.,
IV. Shift Variations (e.g., Shift Types #1-6c on pages 24-26)
i. Lower 4 positions
ii. 4th-9th positions (approximately)
iii. 9th to end of fingerboard.
* The plus (I. & II.) is for going beyond the examples and adding your own variations.
We are never simply learning to play one piece at a time. Via mastery of the instrument and bow in total, we are in the processes of moving to mastery in playing all repertoire.
Have fun and hope this helps—
Thank you, Drew, for this gem which I will certainly use and re-use. Your brilliance and clarity of expression in matters violinistic and artistic is extraordinary.
It's funny, whenever I try someting Drew posts here I sound better. Thank you, Drew for your informative posts.
I agree completely with Roy. You have given me many new perspectives. You tell me about new things to focus on when I play. Your writing is very clear and succinct. Thank you for all your help.
Thank all of you. I am glad if it somehow helps.
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