Tuesday Improv *RARE Recording*
Hey guys, since the topic of sharing more audio/video has been discussed lately, I thought I'd share this:
To give a bit of background, I often record myself whenever I'm testing the sound of something new (like new strings, a different bow, or perhaps just to hear myself to see if something new has magically happened in my playing). Almost every time I do this, I just improvise something for a few minutes, then listen back, and then delete the recording. I've done this probably hundreds of times over the years.
I've never actually saved/posted any of these "improvs", since I generally see them as incomplete/imperfect, and the recordings were always designed to test something new for my own understanding, and not intended to be shared.
Anyways, today I was testing the sound of a bow, and I thought it would be interesting to share one of these improvisations after I recorded it. So here it is, imperfections and everything. It's worth noting that there was no warm up for this, or anything of that sort. It was a one-take sort of deal, not a bunch of takes that I picked the best of.
Loved it. Very lovely playing.
Lovely indeed, thank you for sharing!
Thanks for the positive feedback!
Actually even though it's obviously all improvised, a better term for what you are doing might be "vocalization." I do this with my violin a lot too ... but (perhaps inspired by Dexter Gordon) I find myself quoting all the silly tunes that come into my head which can be just about anything.
Why would you delete the recording?
Lol it's worth noting I was recording about 12 inches from the mics. This is the reason behind the bow noise. Also, remember, alcohol is bad for synthetics now!
I would like to play like You one day in a very distant future
Very nice, and very well played !
Playing and improvising like you would be my dream. It’s awesome!
Charles - I think I know what you're talking about. I believe it was an article by Warchal on their strings and how to take care of them. Look up Warchal string care, and it should be there.
That was very nice, thanks for sharing!
Yes, Warchal was the one who studied the effects of alcohol on strings.
Beautful! I would go to hear an improv performance like this.
Lol Karen, thanks. It's funny that you mention that: I've pondered the idea before of a solo violin career where the performer would improvise something new for each concert they played. In this way, each audience would be hearing something unique, and it would be a novel sort of performance in the way that watching a chef create a brand new dish would be interesting to watch.
Erik while your sound and general intonation is very nice (and your vibrato too!) I am with Paul that this is not really improvisation, more vocalisation. It's nice to listen to for a few minutes but I think it would be quite boring to an audience sitting there and listening to it for an hour or so. Real improvisation follows some harmony set up in advance, has themes, developments, counterpoints, etc. In short good improvisation really should give the impression of composed music, it certainly needs a lot of preparation and does not sound like someone testing a violin or another instrument. I am not saying you cannot achieve this, but it is still going to be a lot of work, practicing, preparation. Note that jazz players practice their solos a helluva lot and their improvisations are based on the harmonic progressions of the fixed standard tunes they perform. At the actual performance it will not be exactly what they practiced, but it will be very similar. If they had wanted (they don't because they don't need to) they could really have written it down in advance. Same situation with classical improvisers, a top example is Gabriela Montero on piano.
Thanks for posting this, Erik! I enjoyed listening to it.
Jean, I didn't intend to imply that I would ever want to pursue that sort of career myself; more so that I had pondered the concept in general.
Thanks, Aiki. The bow is terrific and adds a lot of color and focus to my sound. As always, it's pretty hard to get a good idea of how much better one bow sounds over the other only using a recording -- the difference is much more pronounced in person. However, the recording did allow me to objectively confirm my suspicion that this bow is the better sounding one.
Really beautiful! Thanks for sharing this.
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