Tear apart my Bach!
Feeling masochistic today, so I thought I'd record the Bach Adagio in G Minor and post it here. I recorded/posted this same piece something like half a year ago, and haven't looked at it much since then. I've been looking at the Fugue for the last couple of months.
It would also seem I can never get even 3 minutes of distraction-free playing in. I SWEAR, every time I try to record myself, something happens. In this particular video, my phone started buzzing (from a random caller) and I screwed up the rest of the lines of the song due to the resulting tension (starting about 2:35). I'd do another take, but I don't live alone and this was the only window of time that I had today, so there it is.
PS: I know I get offended easily, but please don't inhibit your criticisms. I put this here to be torn apart :)
The microphone is more than likely not doing justice to your violin, shame. I really hate most amateur recorded violins, most recording devices make violins sound like trumpets ;(
Lol Tim, very true. I actually have a lot of good quality recording equipment, just not in that room. And it's a pain to set up.
I have to agree. You sound like a good player, but I can tell that the recording quality is taking some marks off your playing. Nice playing overall, though. I suspect there's tiny issues with intonation and perhaps a slightly choked sound at times (likely due to bad recording quality).
I'll see if I can get my old recording system set up again. The hard drive on my recording computer died a few months back, so I haven't messed with it since then.
What t kind of strings are on your violin? The sound is extremely bright and loud, it certainly lacks the nice warm sound that I expect from Bach.
It is a very loud violin. Probably far too powerful for even that size of a room (and it's not a small room). I'm using good ol' dominants :)
You have a very nice tone!
Yeah, I definitely need to speed this one up! It also seems a lot harder to play well at such a slow tempo.
hi Erik, I think this is really OK, I don't think Bach is turning around in his grave, I listened through until the end although initially I wasn't planning to :-)
I think it's very good. Three things stuck out for me:
I really enjoyed it. I can't comment technically sorry but I am impressed. How long have you been playing?
I liked it.
I enjoyed it, very nice. There were at some spots I heard, where I think your bow went too much of an angle to the bridge, but overall not bad. Did you say how long you've been playing? Looking forward to your next video- please, do another one. Enjoyed it.
I've noticed a few people commenting on your bow angle. Changing the bow angle is a legitimate method of making a smooth bow change. It's also a way of controlling the dynamic level by changing the sounding point.
Very impressive and enjoyable. I just realized that I listened to it while my daughter is practicing the cello in the next room AND there's a Dvorak symphony on the radio in my room ... but your playing kept my total attention.
I think if I increase the tempo it'll definitely take away my temptation to juice the vibrato, as well as helping many of the other inconsistencies noted here.
"ironically, dynamic mics don't capture dynamics very well at all, as they try to make everything the same output volume"
It's interesting what has been said here about dynamics. My teacher wants large dynamic contrasts. But then when I listen to some pros, their dynamic contrasts seem less than mine. Especially in solo Bach.
Paul, I have noticed that much of the advice given, even by two equally accomplished pros, is extremely subjective. This is PARTICULARLY true when it comes to Bach, it seems. Heated debates will arise from Bach, much like shoulder rest debates!
A pro is more likely to create a color contrast than a contrast in the exact number of decibels being output.
People say your tempo is too slow because your basic unit of pulse is in the eighth-note level.
Haha Dorian, I went fully on midi with this one because when I posted this same piece 6 months ago, I was told that my rhythm was all over the place. I agree that this one was very robotic, and played exactly as it is written on the page.
Not sure about the ‘constant, narrow vibrato’ though.
I also think vibrato in Bach has a lot to do with the size of the room. Nice, large churches with lots of echo don't really need anything to make the notes have "life." But in a smaller room, Bach would probably sound quite dead without it.