Problem with a section in Bruch g minor 1st movement
Hello fellow violinists
There's a passage in the first movement of Bruch, starting from bar 98 that I just can't nail. It sounds like a tornado when I play it, my l.h. fingers and bow arm just don't cooperate and the notes are everywhere. I don't know if it is because of the bowings?
- with a metronome
- playing the notes just as double stops (for intonation)
- at slower tempi (although the issue gets worse the slower I play)
Any suggestion would be appreciated!
To follow this discussion you may want to peek at the part. Here is Bruce Berg's edition:
Is m. 98 the harmonic string crossing passage that follows the chromatic scales?
Paul, thanks! Tried practicing with accents yesterday, and it already seemed better.
Possibly this is obvious advice, but what often helps me with passages like this is first to make sure I can play it in tune/in time detache, and then I practice the bowing on open strings, and then when I combine the bowing with the actual notes I play portato, a little exaggerated maybe, really making sure that the left hand leads.
Try lower end of the bow and articulate the ends of bows. And be conscious of the string crossings and map it to the muscle movements.
Try practicing the slurs with articulations instead of legato. Down-down-down instead of down (three notes).
Also, make sure when you do the double-stops that they are in time. Eighth-notes, bowed as in the part.