August 2009

Don't.. Can't.. Won't and other itchy scratchies...

August 30, 2009 21:29

Greetings Everyone:

I am excitedly awaiting some new etudes, which I know lots of people have war stories about.  

I’m currently starting work on Jakob Don't Etudes and Caprices Op 35.   I have the Schirmers’ edition and the IMC’s.  Berkley gives a good explanation of the purpose and use for each caprice in the Preface, but does anyone know of additional analysis and interpretation?  

I’m not wishing to be a “serious violinist” and I don’t want to be competitive to the point of arrogance or stress inducing comas, but I would like to increase my technical abilities to my own satisfaction, so long as I have time.

I think I'm really looking for motivation as I work my way though the difficulties of each section (anyone have some fun war stories of anecdotes that they could share for motivation).  I don't currently have a teacher and very much need some feedback.  

In time, I would like to ask for peoples experiences about a few other etude books.  I’ve put together a set from advice from other members on this site (Buri Bravati and other helpful people).  

Lastly, does anyone suddenly lose all hope and feel as if they are “re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic”, upon sight reading the G flat Fantasia #24?  I feel I don't have the stamina to learn it (I initially felt this way starting Kreutzer but have overcome most of the material).  I know most will say its absolutely important (Why work in the key of G flat?) but with Rhode, Kreutzer, Gavinies, Wieniawski for future and continued work, I feel overwhelmed.  I do feel I have a positive experience in my etude practice, and there are plateaus and learning curves and sudden joyous improvements.  I’m looking for that next plateau to work on.  Is DONT an answer?  Any suggestions that are positive and helpful are greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your kindness and understanding.

Mike Felzien 

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