Self-taught beginner violinist looking for pieces around the same difficulty as Canon in D to learn
Self-taught 15-year old beginner violinist looking for classical pieces around the same difficulty as Canon in D to learn. I want to expand my repertoire so I can continue to develop my skills and so I can stop repeating Canon over and over again while I practice.
(Edit) https://musescore.com/user/88585/scores/105013 (arrangement of Canon I have learned)
Canon in D is too difficult for you unless simplified. What other pieces are you working on?
Ella Yu- The arrangement I have been playing might have been simplified,(link in OP to the piece) at a slightly slower pace. So a piece around the difficulty of this arrangement would be nice would be nice.
My advice is to avoid anything with notes higher than B5, as you'll have to shift to reach them. Avoid double stops. I'm sorry I can't be more helpful.
Ella Yu- That's fine I'll keep looking for pieces that fit your criteria, thanks.
That arrangement of Canon does not look simplified to me, with the 1/32 and 3rd position notes. Of course it depends on the tempo, but with three months of teacherless violin practice (based on your earlier posts), it looks a bit ambitious.
That piece is very ambitious if you have only been playing a few months. Those 32 notes would require me to work them up to speed. That said... Don't let the neysayers here stop you if you are happy with how it sounds. Remember that most of the people here look through a lens of perfection. Perfect intonation, perfect rhythm, perfect technique etc. That is the standard by which they say you are not ready. So take that for what it is worth.
I have a bunch of transcriptions of classical pieces that can all be played from first position and substituting crossings to an open string instead of using the 4th finger.
The 32nd notes aren't too much of a problem, since this is a slow piece. The 3rd position is what concerns me most. Have you watched videos on how to play violin?
Btw, never mention the Pachelbel Canon within earshot of a cellist. It upsets them no end.
Here twosetviolin demonstrates the effect on a cellist: https://youtu.be/QLrtfHB1SKk
Ella Yu- yes I have tried to use as many online resources as possible. Additionally when I play the third position notes shifting hasn't been too much of a problem
Try the Corelli sonatas, Op. 5. I like Book 2, # 7-12. Accessible being deceptively simple, but the challenge endures as you try teaching yourself the position shifts and how to play nicely. And ignore the naysayers who say you can't teach yourself 3rd position and a few chords. All you need is a serious attention span and commitment.
You can definitely teach yourself shifting, but only when you get the basics down pat first.
Han, thanks for that link. I feel for that cellist - been there myself!
There are huge books of violin solo pieces at every level. I think I had one called 52 Masterpieces... tunes like The Blue Danube and The Volga Boatmen. Great selection and easy level. And what, 15 bucks? I mean if there are 5 tunes in there that you like, it's a bargain.
I know I stated that I wanted classical in OP but that was really just a recommendation with no real merit.