Bach Prelude (G major suite) fingering help for viola
I'm working on the first Bach suite (why do I torture myself so willingly?) and I'm having trouble with the second last measure, the F# C D arpeggio. If I try to do it F#(3) and C(4) in third position, either the F# is flat or the C is sharp.
I'm also having trouble four measures after the fermata, where it's E A(4) B D(0) G(1 in third pos) A C G C# Bb A Bb Bb A G# A. Do I just need to reach for that C#, or should I just play that in first position? I feel like the adapter was looking for the D string color, rather than A string.
Is there another way I can play those?
FYI my hands are small and I have short pinkies (#blessed).
Also, I'm using the Schirmer edition, adapted and revised by Louis Svcénski, if that helps.
Half position might be better, 4-3-0 for f#-c-d.
As for the four bars after the fermata, I just play the whole thing in first position. Are you referring to measure 26? It's the closest I can find.
I don't have the Schirmer ed., but I am looking at measures 15-16. 4th finger f# on C string, 3rd finger c nat on G string, open d. That sets up nicely for measure 16, also 1/2 pos, slipping the hand-frame down 1/2 step. And back for 17 & 18.I find the the 3rd finger to be more stable than 2nd; prob'ly matter of training & taste. And I love 1/2 position for its utility
Ohh, Marjory it's not down on the C string, it's F# on the A string, sorry about the confusion! It's the penultimate measure before the ending chord. As for m. 16, I think you're right! I do like half position there.
1) The 2nd & 3rd fingertips have to overlap. Elbow well to the right.