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Nate Robinson

My new video from my recital of the Hora Staccato

September 4, 2011 at 7:09 AM

Hi everyone!  I played this recital on a violin made by Phillip Injeian in 2004.  I love this violin as much as the best Cremonese violins I've tried.  I'm using the pure gut D&A strings by Tricolore and a wound gut Tricolore G, along with a steel Goldbrokat E in this performance.  This is one of my favorite Heifetz arrangements to play.  The first performance I heard of this at age 5, was actually Michael Rabin's and it has left a lasting impression on me along with the excellent recordings by Heifetz.  My late teacher Erick Friedman also made a fine recording of this on RCA with pianist Brooks Smith which is on YouTube as well.  Anyway I hope you like my rendtion!  

From Corwin Slack
Posted on September 4, 2011 at 11:41 PM

 Very well done. Excellent staccato up and down with the Heifetz hold. Bravo.

Posted on September 5, 2011 at 3:32 AM

Simply amazing! The fiery, machine-gun-style,  up-bow and down-bow staccati are impressive, putting it mildly. I would go so far as to say that you a worthy heir of Friedman, Heifetz, and Milstein.  Nate:Any tips/tricks would be greatly appreciated.

From Nate Robinson
Posted on September 5, 2011 at 7:10 AM

  Thank you Corwin and VJ!  You are so sweet.   Well regarding staccato VJ, contrary to what some might say about the stroke, I try to keep parts of my arm and hand relaxed and a small part of my arm which I call my 'trigger point' slightly tense.  I also don't recommend practicing fast staccato for more than 2-3 minutes at a time.  Always take a break or slow it down after that amount of time. I practice this piece extremely slowly most of the time.  Good luck!

From Egon de Mattos
Posted on September 5, 2011 at 11:13 AM

 Very good!

From Michael Divino
Posted on September 5, 2011 at 3:35 PM

 I give up....



From Anthony Barletta
Posted on September 5, 2011 at 5:22 PM

BRAVO Nate! 

I'm with Michael - no hope for me with this stroke.  But before I give up, is it even possible to practice this stroke slowly using the very same technique used when playing rapidly? I guess what I'm asking is, does slow staccato practice truly enable/translate to the higher speeds without some significant adjustment in technique along the way?

From Nate Robinson
Posted on September 5, 2011 at 7:38 PM

  Hi guys thanks again!  Anthony to answer your question, I think you can achieve a lot by working on staccato slowly.  I work a lot on articulation, evenness, angle of the bow and gradually increase the speed in increments.  I don't feel I can get the best results by just practicing this piece fast.  I worked on this piece a lot with the metronome starting with a moderate tempo to probably around 152 = 1/4 note.  That is my favorite practice tool probably. :)

From Randy Walton
Posted on September 5, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Bravo!!!  Nate!!   Very masterfully done !!  Besides the great playing, I like that you don't put all kinds of body and head movements in your playing, not just this recording but all recordings I've seen of you. Kudos!

From Anthony Barletta
Posted on September 5, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Thanks for your reply Nate.  Guess I won't be giving up on staccato after all.  Keep on playing and posting!

From Emily Grossman
Posted on September 6, 2011 at 1:26 AM

Nate, it is always so fun to get to see you play!  Thanks for putting this up, and of course, wonderful playing!

From jean dubuisson
Posted on September 6, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Thanks very much! Nate, this prompted me to check your website. Are you indeed the violinist on the Lord of the Rings soundtrack? I feel most privileged to "meet" you on this forum!

From Nate Robinson
Posted on September 6, 2011 at 4:20 PM

 Thank you again friends for your comments!  Hi Jean!  To answer your question, I have played on a few soundtracks for the composer Howard Shore including the films 'The Last Mimzy' and 'Doubt.' He wrote the music to 'Lord of the Rings' and has composed the scores to other large Hollywood films.  I didn't play on 'Lord of the Rings' unfortunately.  That would be a fun gig. :).  I put the name of the film down next to his name because people associate him with that score. 

 Best wishes,


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