Feedback on tone in Gigue from Bach Partita No. 2
I'm an amateur violinist in high school, and I've been playing for a little under three years now. I'm working on a few movements of solo Bach right now, and I'm having some issues with the Gigue from Partita No. 2. I was hoping that I could get some feedback on my playing.
I recorded the first half of the Gigue, which I can play comfortably from memory. I'm not playing it for any sort of audition, but I'd like to bring it up to a respectable level regardless. I'm focusing on the right hand for now, but all advice is greatly appreciated.
One of my biggest issues right now that I'm attempting to fix is that I find my tone on the A and E strings to be very shrill. I'm using a full set of Pro-Arte strings since my Gold Label E broke, and I think that's part of the problem, but I sound fine in slow melodic pieces. Does anyone have any tips on how I could get a deeper and richer sound in the sixteenth note runs on the upper strings?
Also, are there any particular exercises that I should be doing to try to eliminate the unwanted noises during string crossings?
Thanks in advance!
Disclaimer: I am an amateur. I am not a violin teacher.
Have you used a metronome extensively on this?
I wish I was a much of a natural as you are, I certainly wan't anywhere close to that after three years. You look very relaxed and your right arm is fluid--this is all very good.
That is good work, especially for only three years. The biggest problems I see are intonation and a lack of proper coordination between the right and left hands.
Your intonation is generally good, but could use some work in some places, as others have pointed out. Your A and E strings may be too old as they sound a bit scratchy, your bow hand may be too tense (especially thumb), or you could use slightly more bow in some places. For this piece, I'd stay around the middle of the bow. You don't need the whole bow for this piece because the notes are short. In terms of your string crossings, I would focus on keeping your movements small, quick, and precise with slow practice. Virtually no upper arm motion is needed for a lot of the crossings, especially the small ones. Also, you can practice in rhythms or broken-up sections. What does your teacher think?
Something that helps with tone in this piece is using a flat bow where possible (rather than tilting the bow one way or another). Try to stay in the middle area of the bow too.
hi Evan well done, as to your concrete question regarding tone it seems to me you might be playing too close to the fingerboard with a bit too much pressure there so that you are actually crunching your own tone. try playing closer to the bridge and do the tone production exercises in Simon Fischer Basics. keep it going!
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