Hello again everybody!
Since seating auditions in my orchestra are coming up and they will be on the new repertoire we just received, I started cracking down on the new music.
We played the Borodin before, and I practiced it to an okay extent as prep for rehearsal, and then I didn't touch the piece except during rehearsal. After a few months, the concert approached and I repracticed, this time at home, the Borodin (grammar :P). And I realized that due to the hectic speed which I didn't practice well enough to prepare for, and the loudness of other instruments that didn't allow me to hear myself, that my playing had developed so many bad habits and icky ness and uneven spots that were super ingrained already.
So I decided to turn over a new slate with this new music. And I practiced very intensely!
Usually, my string crossings are not very even. Just a hole in my technique that I aim to improve on. I notice that on slurred scales...
Also, my intonation isn't super great
Shifts not quick
Weird bowings make my head spin (like playing b d b (g string) d b d (d and a string) in first position)
And slur patterns like
Sl-ur short! Short! Sl-ur short! Short!
As in two notes slurred and then two detache. Add string crossings to that, and speed, and then I am a mess
Anyway. There are some technique things that make me want to cry (not really. But ick!)
So today I practiced a lot on dvorak symphony g major. Intensely. And then, just because I was tired of it, I played my d major scale three octave (my daily scale right now).
And I realized that the string crossings were improved by AT LEAST 50%!!! So it was 50% smoother! I've been practicing this scale for about 3 months and it got better by so much in such a short period of time!
In particular, there is a weird intonation part in Dvorak for 2nd violins. Fourth movement, where it goes a g a Bb g a f g d b A# b c G# b f G# d c b c d b c G# a F# C# B# C# d B# ....
A ton of weird fast shifts. And then there are other places. But after this short period of practicing, I seem to have suddenly become super familiar with all the weird positions of the fingerboard! Without much practice! And they are lightning quick and in tune!
This is not the first instance. I went to the orchestra camp during summer of last year. It was very intense. But after a week of 19hrs/day (no joke), my technique had improved by soo much! Maybe a year's worth! (although i was not very focused before. I got serious with violin after the camp)
So, to get to the point, (sorry I tend to ramble), why does this happen? For you guys, does this kind of technique jump happen? If orchestra material is so effective at technique etc, we should just practice that instead of etudes and scales etc! (just kidding, but you know what I mean. As in, I don't really mean that, but it really is so effective!) or is there another explanation?
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