Mendelssohn Violin Concerto help
I'm currently trying to learn the last movement of the Mendelssohn violin concerto. I'm having trouble with the upbow spiccato section and controlling the bounces and catching the string afterwards to play a smooth bow stroke in the beginning of the movement in the main theme. Any tips/advice on how I should practice that part?
Can you ask your teacher? Have you? Could you maybe post a video so we v.commies can give more relevant feedback?
I'm just a beginner, but one of the hardest things I'm facing these last months/years is exactly that evil bow stroke. I feel it's one of the hardest bow strokes to master, I hate spiccato because it's so hard to master, but I love the spiccato sound, it's so sweet and nice once you hear it from an amazing violinist. One of my favorite bow stokes on the other hand.
rm is very important.
Without seeing or hearing you, here are the most common problems:
Are you using a shoulder rest?
yes, I am using a shoulder rest
Sorry, the shoulder rest comment was a sorry attempt at humor.
Then again Jascha Heifetz and Yuval Yaron played it to perfection in the upper half of the bow. So clearly there's more than one way to tackle this and it is not just a 'below the middle' stroke. I agree that the stroke shouldn't be bounced too high.
Yuval Yaron Is a monster violinist! Probably the most underrated violinist of the past 50 years!
Marty - agreed. It's a tragedy he's not more well known. He taught many of Gingold's well known students, including Kavakos.
Just remember that what works for Heifetz might not work for an ordinary mortal.
That’s true. Where you play this on the bow can be determined by a number of things including the weight of the bow - I know Heifetz’s Kittel was very light (under 58 grams). Also bow hold and one’s natural build are factors. Upper half and lower half work equally well as seen in the videos posted above by Mary Ellen and myself of the 3 great violinists.
Nate, it’s interesting to know that Heifetz can sometimes play it differently when I thought everything about his playing was utterly the common gold standard :)
The Hilary Hahn recording helped me the most, I can do the stroke much better now.
Everyone's physiology is a little different, and the equipment is different, too. The balance point of a bow can significantly affect where you place a given type of stroke.
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