opening of khachaturian concerto
I'm learning the first movement of the khachaturian violin concerto and I think I'm doing pretty well with it so far. the only part that I'm not doing too well with is the very first few lines. they're all on the g string, mostly fast sixteenth notes, and it goes up to a c5. intonation is fine but the tone is yuck. part of it is because my bow desperately needs to be rehaired and it doesn't grip the strings well, but I still feel like there are things I could do to improve. thoughts?
It could be your violin - have your teacher try it on the same violin.
Have the bow rehaired, and use sufficient rosin. Also, make sure your violin is properly adjusted and the strings aren't too old.
Hi Anna, you could try wearing a cheap set of 33 decibel noise reduction ear plugs when you practice as they cut out a lot of the unpleasant scratch from playing in higher positions and bowing closer to the bridge.
Higher positions on the G string usually do not require as much force as we think (I sometimes practice passages on the D string for feel, and then transfer to the G string). Not too close to the bridge, closer to the fingerboard. Bow angle should be deep (ie higher arm, hair close to the imaginary C string). Finger strength and angle in the left hand can also make a big difference - fingers should be very curved and strong feeling but you don't have to press as hard as you think, particularly when the left hand shape is correct, reaching around the bout. Good luck - what a great concerto, btw :)
To Anna ~
Dear Miss Matesky, thank you so much for your generous tutorial on the Khachaturian!
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