Barriolage in bach partita no 3
I just started working in the bach partita no 3, and i just can't do the weird string crossings in bar 17. I can't do the barriolage and my notes are scrambled up every time I do it.
Any tips on how to learn this section?
My guess is you are using too much bow and/or are too high in the bow (my money is on both). Use very little bow, stay in the middle, and give a "kick" to the upbow on the 2nd sixteenth note in each group. Also, practice very slowly and speed up gradually as you get comfortable with the string crossings (DO NOT USE MORE BOW JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE PLAYING SLOWLY).
thanks for the advice, you're correct! i realized i was using too much bow and i was a little too much in the upper half after reading your post
Practicing in various groupings and rhythms helps to straighten this section out. I think it's one of those "once you got it you got it" type techniques.
I checked the discussion Jeewon referenced, and wanted to add this suggestion because it comes up frequently in lessons and wasn't covered (I think):
I have found that how to do this kind of thing can depend a lot on the characteristics of your bow. With the "right" bow (and fiddle) one can sometimes practically just "flap" the right wrist and forearm up and down (especially in the Mendelssohn cadenza). I have one bow that does that - that's why I bought it! Varying the hair tightness might help find the way bring your bow into the zone for playing this way.