Celebrating 2 years of playing the violin - Schindler's List Theme
Today it's been exactly 2 years since I started playing the violin and I'm so excited about it! One year ago I posted (
http://www.violinist.com/discussion/archive/28056/) a recording of my playing on this forum and I received lots of suggestions to improve my playing. It was very helpful to me! I've worked hard with all your suggestions and here is the result one year later.
Now I would love to ask for your suggestions again. My new recording is of the Schindler's List theme which I found pretty difficult and I realize there is a lot of room for improvement, of course. Based on this recording, is it possible to give me some feedback as to what repertoire and technique I should focus on in my next year of learning the violin?
Here is my recording:
Thanks so much!!
Intonation errors are prominent especially when you perform the shifts. Remember that if you get your shifting wrong, then all of the following notes are gonna take a hit. It is like the domino effect. Try playing scales (3 octaves) with a tone generator in the background. This will help improve your intonation. The distance between the intervals get smaller and smaller as you go up the fingerboard. So, you will need to adjust the placement of your fingers accordingly.
Congratulations on the 2nd year of playing! :)
Congrats for being so dedictated! And congrats for being so brave to post a video!
Congratulations indeed! It's a wonderful thing to take on the challenge of learning violin at any age, and especially as an adult. I think you're doing great for two years into the adventure. The fact that you feel the music pulling inside you is the most important thing. Learning to let it out is the life journey. I'm still learning something every day after playing for 50 years. There's nothing shallow about these waters.
Just a notice here before I share my opinion:
I can not give any more advice than what is already given. That being said, Mariko you are so encouraging. Please keep posting updates. Viotti 23 might be good for you next if you have not already done it.
Thanks so much for your replies and feedback! I will continue to work on improving my intonation especially when shifting.
Have a look at this one. I think we are somewhere around the same level. My teacher suggested it. I thought it's quite a challenge but it is manageable and fun. IMHO a lot easier to pull off nicely than the Schindler theme.
Hi Eva, that seems a great suggestion. I just listened to it and I like it very much! I'm now revisiting an other concerto by Rieding (concerto in B minor Op 35). After that I think I will start learning the one you linked to. Thanks for the tip!!
Mariko, if you looked at it and you were intimidated, wait on it. That is fine. The Rieding concertos, like Eva suggested, I think would be great for you.
Thanks Helen, yes I will enjoy the Rieding concertos. :-)
I also liked Elgar Chanson de Matin a lot. I picked it but my teacher agreed. It is graded higher but I did not have too many difficulties with it.
hi Mariko, for 2 years self-taught this is really wonderful, congratulations. You have a good feeling for where the notes are on the fingerboard. That is very important. In that aspect you clearly have a talent for the violin. The main aspects I would suggest you work on next are playing fast (but still clean), and improving bowing. Best wishes!
Congratulations on your progress. Actually Schindler's List is a wonderful but difficult piece to play well. My suggestion would be (1) play slower, focusing on each note, and (2) shift more carefully.
Thanks for your replies and suggestions for pieces. I will work on playing faster and improve my bowing. That's why I am studying Rieding's Concerto again. It's easier indeed but that way I can focus more on the bowing and playing clean instead of on the notes. I'm having lots of fun with it. :-)
Wow. You got to this stage as an adult learner within two years? That's awesome. It gives me hope.
Thanks so much Jamie Smith, that is wonderful to read!! And very encouraging for me too! So I guess you just started recently? I wish you lots of good luck and I hope you will enjoy learning the violin as much as I do. :-)))
Clearly you've been working very hard at this, and congratulations! It appears as though you may tense up a bit and lose a bit of the rhythm of the piece. Slow practice and concentration on a metronome should help with this. Keep up the good work, you're doing great!
Hi Bailey, thanks a lot for your comments. :-) I will practice with metronome.