Difficulty of Figure for Viola
I'd appreciate if violists could rate the difficulty of the following figure. It would be particularly helpful if you actually got out your viola and tried it--even if you think you are sure without trying it.
Anyway, it's merely a single note followed by a single double-stop: a quarter-note-triplet D, the second D above middle C (the D an octave above the open D string), followed by an eighth-note-triplet A octave. The lower note of the octave is A-440 (the first A above middle C). There is a quarter rest immediately preceding the D note and another quarter rest immediately following the A octave. The tempo is quarter-note = 126.
I'm imagining the D played with the fourth finger on the D string in fourth position, the lower note of the A octave played with the first finger on the D string (still in fourth position), and the upper note of the octave played with the fourth finger on the A string, but other practical suggestions are very welcome. Thanks.
Too difficult already without a picture.
A picture would help immensely, but this is doable.
I couldn't figure it out. I guess I'm not destined for MENSA.
Can you help us by posting some sheet music so we can get a better idea of what is going on? Thanks.
Look, it's merely a THREE-note figure, a D followed by an A-octave. How is that complicated?
What is the context? What comes before and after?
Seems rather pedestrian you've got it all in 4th position and getting there is a snap from almost anywhere. Where does it go from there?
You really shouldn't ask for free advice and then get snippy about people wanting to see it on paper *so they can better help you*.
Andy said it's pedestrian. That's good enough for me.
Not here in Toronto, where pedestrians are killed in traffic almost every day!
It’s not as difficult as you. Be thankful there are people here who are willing to help.
Re: "What is the context? What comes before and after?" As I said, there is a quarter rest on either side of the figure (at, as I said, quarter-note = 126). I forgot to mention that the D and the A-octave are not slurred together. Other than these rests, the tempo, and the bowing no context is particularly relevant. (So the music doesn't ask for ponticello, or any special effect, etc.)
D4 is the open D string, so I think you mean D5 A4A5 (double-stopped octave). Yes in 4th position you have to move the fourth finger very quickly to the adjacent string. Suggest your violist to prepare the first finger on the A4. Then again, on a viola, the distance between first and fourth finger is quite a stretch, although in fourth position it should be doable. So, no, it is not totally easy depending on the level of your violist, probably an amateur (like most of us here ;-)
Jake wrote "I have no photograph or any reasonable means to post one."
"I'd appreciate if violists could rate the difficulty of the following figure"