Getting right and left hands on the same page - Violin
I've been practicing Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, and I've been having trouble with the second half of measures 90 and 94. I've put a lot of hooked-bows and rhythm practice into that small section, but there's an aspect outside the realm of intonation that's troubling me. I know what's going wrong, but I don't know how to fix it. My bow wants to move faster than my left hand can manage. It feels like my right arm can't comprehend the precision needed to find the correct angle for each string throughout the run, so it just drops to the E string prematurely. It's a very klunky and lazy feeling.
Any ideas on how to practice this to ensure a solid connection between my left and right hands? Also, exercises to build the tempo without losing the quality of the sound or crispness is graciously accepted! :)
My copy doesn't have ms. #s, I presume it is the section between letter F & G. Two things might going on. The bow is in fact arriving too early on the open E because the right elbow is already at that level. Keep the right elbow at the A string level and just drop the hand to hit that single fast E string note. Similarly, for a single quick note on the G string, just raise the hand. OR; Our left hand fingers frequently arrive a little late. One can fix that by slowing done a lot, put little rests between all the notes, and prepare the next note during the rest. This "prepared fingering" trains the fingers to move a little earlier. Then there is the well-known trick of using dotted and reverse dotted rhythm.
Joel, thank you so much for your reply!
Emma I am nowhere near your level but have you tried practicing this without fingering at all, so using just the open strings? This gets you accustomed to the length of time the bow needs to be on each string during the run.
My son struggled with that section as well. The best way he found to practice it was in groups. Play 6 notes at your current playing tempo. Stop for a beat rest, and then 6 more. You can also do odd groupings here like 4s. And then 12s. Eventually make the rest between the groups less and less. And always think about finger before bow.
Whenever I have a hard section to play, and my hands just don't seem to connect, I break the hard section into littler groups. I slow down, take bowing out (slurs, hook, etc) and just work on my left hand fingers for a section of notes. Once my left hand has figured out whats going on I add the bowing back in on that section at the slow tempo. Then I just work slow to fast. Once I have one section figured out, I move on to the next group of notes and repeat.
I find that a staccato bowing, usually on the half-measure, helps me significantly with coordinating evenness of left and right hands. (YMMV depending on whether or not you have a reliable even up-bow and down-bow staccato.)
continued,- my mistake, different spot, different problem. In general, you probably already know, arrange the bowing so that slurred arpeggios with string changes match the curve of the bridge; down-bow ascending, up-bow descending. That specific arpeggio: the "prepared fingering" concept still applies. Also lift the fingers you are not actually using (!). I sometimes find that very fast passages work a little better when I think of lifting the fingers instead of placing them. I would finger that spot a little different from what is printed: 3-1-3-1-2-shift-1-2-4-(3). Maybe your 1st finger was arriving late on the E string because it was still stuck on the A string.
My all-time favorite tutorial for advanced players on upbow staccato is Eyal Kless: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9m7cugr9nE
Susanna, OP is referring to the slurred triplet arpeggio at the end of measure 90 and 94, not the upbow staccato section in measures 92+93.
I don't have measure markings in my part, so I tried counting, and my be off. Are you talking about the arpeggio that starts on a B on the G string or its partner that starts in 3rd position with a B on the D string. I wonder if you could just avoid the E-string altogether. I have the Francescatti part and he makes a run up to the harmonic on the A-string without hitting the E at all.
oops - Erik you are correct I had the wrong place. I like your suggestions!
Thanks Susanna. I enjoy your videos as well.
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