I have been playing the violin for 7 years now and I am currently in my senior year of high school with 4 weeks until my pre-screenings. My pick was the Bruch concerto which I have been learning since July and I am still having trouble with the "a poco" section mostly does anyone have any advice on learning that section?
I am not sure what you mean by "a poco" section. Bar number or rehearsal letter and edition, please?
The edition is by Henry Schradiek and the bar number I believe it is bar 90-106
That's the "stringendo poco a poco" over the chromatic scale bit that then turns into broken chords, that comes before a big tutti. The page turn splits the "poco a poco". You want to be sufficiently musically literate about terminology to notice that "a poco" doesn't make any sense on its own. (The phrase means "get faster, little by little".)
I am having specifically trouble with adding the slurs when playing the notes.
Could you ask your teacher for advice, if you have one?
Yes I do and the advice he gave me was very helpful now I am playing the notes right but, I am not adding in the slurs correctly.
The slurs are just the entire chromatic run of notes. What's difficult about them? Or are you talking about the arpeggiated chords?
I am talking about the chords more they are my biggest struggle at the moment.
What's difficult is of course putting them all together in fluid runs, with the proper bow distribution. It's not easy, but there is a method.
Thank you for the advice I actually just thought of doing that today so during lunch I practiced them section by section and I plan later on today to practice with a metronome.
Another useful practice technique with slurs is to practice them articulated--that is, practice the notes under the correct bows, but stop the bow on every note. This helps with determining proper bow distribution, and it also helps clean up the string crossings. Best done at a somewhat slower tempo.
Hey Scott could you email me those groups and rhythms.
Scott, thanks! I have been working on this piece for a few months and your advice is very helpful.
Hi Scott, would be great if you could email me those too. I would send you my mail address but your contact button seems not to work!!? I am not sure if mine works. Could you try?
Scott I'll take you up on that! pdeck (at) vt.edu
The advice that Scott and Mary Ellen gave is great for the chromatics, but if you're having problems with the arpeggiated chords, you need a different practice technique for those.