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April 2014

My personal frustrations as a violinist

April 24, 2014 12:49

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I have been playing professionally for some 35 years now. I am not a virtuoso, just a trench fairly decent (intonation, etc.) utility violinist. In addition to my private teaching, running Cabrillo Chamber Orchestra, I play various gigs throughout the year, including recitals with my pianist. I am a life long Bach freak, always trying to improve on the Sonatas and Partitas.
My nemesis is the Presto from the 1st Sonata... Have worked on this opus a lifetime, multiple bowings, rhythms, etc.
Very slow... no matter what, I am not content with my rendering... Makes me feel like a looser... is it just me, or are serious musicians too critical of themselves for there own good? Just food for thought. Any comments are welcome.

I just looked up the word 'nemesis'... maybe my problem is seeing the Presto as 'an unbeatable foe' .. LOL

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