Fast Run of Thirds in Rode Caprice
For our upcoming states audition (Virginia) we have to play an excerpt from Rode’s caprice no. 11. The only problem I seem to be running into is intonation in the ascending run of thirds. Besides the usual advice to practice it slow , would any of you have some suggestions ? The tempo is 100, and B Major isn’t doing me any favors.
Here are some of the things I do when challenged by double stops, I remediate as I go hoping to find new errors. I try to fix errors quickly rather than playing slowly all the time.
For me the most important is awareness of where you go up a half tone or a whole tone, and, linked to that, when you are playing a minor third (fingers more apart from each other) or a major third (fingers closer to each other), and this using 31 fingering or 42 fingering. This is quite a lot to analyze in detail. Spending the time to do this analysis amounts to "slow practice"; after that you use "fast practice" to nail the passage, which I would do mainly using AB, ABC, ABCD, ... practice: first all two successive double stops in tempo; then all three; then four; etc.
Thank you all for taking time out of your day to provide such constructive (and detailed) help. I really appreciate it! A spectacular community of musicians.
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