How to play violin with accompany
I don’t understand how do people play violin with say a backing track or with the piano? I have horrible rhythm, but how do people play in such harmony? Say if you want to play along with an instrumental piece on YouTube, how do you do it?
Inaccurate rhythm is just as wrong as playing incorrect pitches.
Same way you get to Carnegie Hall I am told, practice, practice, practice ;-) It would start with good rhythm, on both sides, and then some awareness of what the other(s) is(are) doing. Easier said than done however, and I certainly struggle with it too. I envy those with a good sense of rythm.
You might have to do a session with the metronome before rehearsing with your pianist. Good rhythmic control is also learned by playing in ensembles; orchestras, quartets, especially with non-classical bands.
Probably should start playing awith metronome and then play with metronome and the accompanist todether the first time.
Yes, the way to do this is to try with a metronome the first time. And the second, and third ... and 50th time as well.
To play in any ensemble whether 2 people or 30, everyone has to be able to maintain a tempo. It is also pretty essential to be able to adapt to fluctuations in tempo. I think a string player must be able to do these things to play with an accompanist.
How would you work out the rhythm from an instrumental song on YouTube and play along with it ? I think it’s impossible .
It's not impossible. I do it all the time, and so can anyone with enough practice. Consider: if someone is singing "Happy Birthday", can you sing along in time? Even through the fermata before the last line? I bet you can. That's a starting point you can build on.
The way you improve your ability to "play by ear" which is what you're doing when you try to repeat what you heard on YouTube, is to take simpler pieces first and shorter bits of them.
Well said George...…...
If you want to have a go with a good backing track that’s just too fast for you as you work out rhythms, check out “The Amazing Slow-downer” iPhone app. One can import any backing track you want, and change the tempo to suit without changing the pitch. There are repeat and looping options too if you want to concentrate on a particular section. I’m using it now to practice Mollenhauer’s “Boy Paganini” using a backing track from the Barbara Barber books. As for rhythm training, consider a (loud) metronome that can subdivide in different meters. Never play a note without it for a few weeks and rhythm sense just gradually gets better.
Years of practice will do it, OP.
Many people are talking about the metronome, and I'm 100% sure it's not necessary at all. Why?
For the easy rhythms recommendation I have found playing along with waltz’s to be very helpful. The strong first beat in the one-two-three tempo is built into nearly all waltzes and helps to lock you in to the correct tempo against an accompanist..
For me this is the most fun, the reason i play. Well not to play with youtube, although that's helpful as practice, but to play with others and feel the rhythms together! More than the sum of its parts! Well worth working on/towards.
You can find digitized sheet music for The Boy Pagainini on MuseScore here:
Music Minus One was bought by Hal Leonard. You can still get their stuff.
Firstly, I'm sure you can clap and sing along to these clips. This means you have a sense of tempo and rhythm. Trying to keep it going while worrying about fingers and bow and strings and intonation is much harder. You either need to play easier pieces or to slow everything down.
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