Long time lurker and infrequent poster here and feeling brave enough to share this link with you all as I'd appreciate some critique on my playing and some suggestions for focus. I know the intonation is rather varied and I am continuing to work on that. I don't have any performances planned, purely playing for pleasure!
Many thanks, really appreciate if anyone can spare a few minutes :)
"Sign on to one-drive". (Deal-breaker, sorry.) Try YouTube.
Ah, thanks for letting me know. Uploading to YouTube just now - should be live at this link in 10 - 15 minutes https://youtu.be/X6VybXGNOAM
That's it up there now...
I know the feeling about the never-ending journey - I played the Sarabande for an exam 18 months ago and felt that the more time I spent with it, the less I really understood it and the less confident I was playing it... ;)
And every time I play it it sounds different..... fun though!
Do you have a teacher? Just curious. You could use more vibrato. Your sound can be more resonant. Perhaps more bow speed is in order. Maybe your strings are too old as well. Could be more expressive. Minor intonation issues from place to place as you said.
It is very brave of you to be tackling Bach and to post a video. My advice would be to be very patient and take your time with this piece, and enjoy what Bach can teach you about the violin.
Thank you for the feedback. I have no plans for this work so have the luxury of being able to take time that is needed to pull it apart.
I find you left hand's fourth finger needs some extra work. Most of your poor intonation is stemming from forth finger placement. A b flat first finger to a E natural or A natural on D string or a D on g string; these combination are suffering.
Thanks very much Charles that gives me a good focal point as it is rather daunting trying to figure out exactly where my time is best spent to get the biggest return. I like the sound of the left hand drops to regain a sense of correct intonation.
I'll just make one suggestion and see if this solve some of the other problems. I am personally dealing with this one right now so this was quite familiar to me:
That is fascinating as I have noticed exactly the same thing now I’ve started recording myself in an effort to improve more. Spent my evening last night watching YouTube videos on right hand relaxation techniques and finger flexibility as it is clear to me that my wrist is stiff and that is sadly a heavily engrained habit.
Ok makes sense. So basically both my pinky fingers need retraining! Better dig out my Fischer Basics book once I’m back home and as soon as various concerts are done and dusted I’ll get to work on some of these helpful suggestions. Thanks again.
To be clear I was referring to the left hand still; Frank was talking about the right. I guess the right's fourth finger's bass knuckle can be closer to the stick; having it that far can tighten up the hand a bit and maybe loose some power.
Thanks Charles. I'm only interested in recording myself to watch my own playing, not generally for public consumption :) but will bear that in mind. The strings are 5 months old but haven't had that much playing in the past couple.
Hi Alex, thanks for putting it on YouTube.
Paul - that is such a nice post to read, thanks. You're right - I have learnt so much about my violin and my playing through working on this. I actually set it to myself as a serious challenge having never really mastered double stops before and desperate to be able to 'competently' play solo Bach. As a kid I never practiced scales or studies and while I do somewhat regret that now, a combination of repertoire such as this and some scale work has helped my intonation no end in the past 12 - 18 months, although of course a long way to go still...
that Benjamin Zander masterclass referred to by Chris Keating (January 15, 2018) is very insightful! I love it how Zander demystifies compositions and also encourages us not to be too "religious" or "awed" about these musical compositions but really interpret them. it is also fascinating because in these masterclasses he shows what can be done once you have the purely technical aspects, i.e., being able to play the notes flawlessly with good tone and everything. at that point you no longer worry about the notes and then the real music starts developing. we amateurs can do that too but then we have to play less technically demanding pieces. otherwise we remain stuck in the notes forever and will never be able to follow any of Zander-like suggestions.
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