Paganini Violin Concerto 1 tips
Rn im starting with paganini's violin concerto 1
Can someone give me any tips to make my life easier with this concerto?
Practice slow and deliberately.
For anything by Paganini, first identify the spots with the maximum stretches or extensions, things like fingered octaves and tenths, or worse, and make sure that you can physically do them. Don't hurt yourself. A lot of really good pro players do not do Paganini.
My teacher marked out all the tenths sections to practice first. As noted, be careful with practice time spent on the extensions.
Slow, slow, slow practice.
Thank you guys!
Love this piece! For the first movement, I took the first page a couple of measures at a time for quite a while before I went on to the rest, and I worked on one octave, then two octave scales in thirds separately and before working on the first part in thirds.
here's a video of current Belgian pride Sylvia Huang, playing this concerto with beautiful tone when she was ten:
To instantly improve intonation in the scales in 3rds, figure out which fingers move the farthest and think of them. In the first 4 notes of the first passage for the first two 1/3 fingerings, the third finger moves the farthest (d/f# to f#/a) for the 2/4 fingerings, the 2nd finger moves the farthest (e/g to g/b). You can also use the same practice methods in the 10ths. It will save you tons of time.
Bruce's tip for thirds is one I haven't heard before! I'll have to try it.
It's a great tip but isn't that just a shorthand way of recognizing where you have major vs. minor thirds? I find knowing which flavor of third I'm playing -- and transitions between them -- is critical in working out any passage in thirds (but since I'm not very good at it yet, I'm keen to apply Bruce's method!)
The most natural way of moving the fingers is for all of them to move together (as, for instance, picking a piece of fruit). In violin playing we have to learn to move them in different ways at the same time, for instance lifing and putting down, moving laterally, or sliding back and forth.
many thanks Bruce as always for sharing your knowledge with us!