March 26, 2011 at 5:51 AM
The other night Danielle had me return to variation 2, but still didn't have me do any grace notes. Danielle's new thing lately is for me to "pound" my fingers down on the strings especially when I'm playing faster notes. Here I try that finger pounding technique to the first four measures of the second variation, except I don't play any of the grace notes:
The camera work kind of degenerates there as Danielle started clapping, but oh well. I really like this variation. It's fun to listen to, and it seemed surprisingly easy, that is until I actually played the grace notes. After about 25 takes, this was the best:
I'll tell you, those grace notes add a whole different level of difficulty. At first, I naively thought it would be an easy variation to bank early before moving on to the hard stuff. It looks like I was wrong. It's OK though, I'm married, so I'm certainly used to that.
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