So what do you make of my Dvorak?
Hi v.commers, I'd welcome your thoughts on how I'm playing the 1st movement of the Dvorak Sonata - I have a long list of thoughts of my own, but will keep them to myself for now!
You can find the score here for reference (I know it's not quite part of the "everyone knows this" core repertoire)
I can't give you specific tips on this particular piece, as I don't know it. In general, your intonation could use some work. More vibrato would be needed for a performance situation. In terms of bowing, you can work at getting a bigger, fuller sound. Some potential things that may be wrong include:
Your notes all need to be more deliberate, both long ones and short ones, with more distinction through a percussive action of the left hand in the faster runs and more soundpoint control in the longer notes. I also feel like your bow distribution isn't properly planned out (perhaps you need to change some slurs?), so that a lot of the time you get "stuck" or "forced" into using less bow on a particular note, and thus the volume is overall inconsistent and seems somewhat random. Your sound is almost never "thick" enough, which of course could be due to the bow planning or a variety of other factors.
Disclaimer: I am an amateur.
Hi Chris, I like Paul's, Erik's, and Ella's comments above. They seldom play the Dvorak violin concerto on our classical radio station and I have never heard of this violin sonata before. Just want to say that I think you made a fine recording and I enjoyed listening to it.
Intonation just needs some touching up (slow practice), also I agree the notes could be more determined. Try to make your fingers "ping" onto each note rather than just sliding there.
Thanks all for the comments! Useful stuff!
Chris, I also have very bad tension problems even when just recording myself. The effect is amplified further when I'm being recorded visually in addition to aurally, because then my thoughts go to how my form looks. This is good for my own improvement because it makes me especially self conscious of my form, but not so good for producing a good-sounding video.
I have the impression that some threads may get archived when the site is running into performance problems.
Erik, please start a new thread. I'd love for the updates to continue.
+1 to Erik starting a new thread, I found those videos very interesting (and encouraged me to post this).