Etudes with second violin part
Just curious, what do folks think of etudes with a second violin accompaniment? Do you use them? Are they helpful? Any advice on how to use them? I was looking at a set of 15 studies by Charles Dancla with an ad lib. part for the second violin. They seem to be a way to develop technique and listening skills at the same time.
I think it might be a good thing to play with ones teacher. Wieniawski has some too I believe
I remember really loving Dont Op. 20 as a kid because my teacher would play the second violin part at my lesson. He didn't really want to because then he couldn't pay as much attention to my playing but I always asked him to anyway. There are so many student-level duets that can be used for the same purpose and I played a lot of those too (Pleyel, Mazas, etc.).
Mazas ones are really nice
There is an edition of Kreutzer etudes with a 2nd vln. accompaniment.
Spohr in his "Violinschule" has teacher-parts for every little exercise. Often harder than the student's part.
The accompaniment parts allow the student to play with the teacher so there is a sharing of the music. In addition to making the exercises more enjoyable, it gives the student more opportunity to learn about musicality, assuming the teacher plays musically.
I like using duets for lessons. It's a lot more pleasant than using a metronome, and improves intonation.
Paul, You've actually played the famous "Dont Duet" despite the warning in the title? (sorry I can't resist that very old, very bad joke...)
Thanks George for that suggestion.
My teacher considers a good lesson when we dedicate a bit of time to sight-reading a duet. Learning an instrument is about making music together, that’s her firm believe. She wants me to look at the score, envision the music and then to communicate via our parts with each other.
Raymond, thanks a lot. Very lovely!
This discussion has been archived and is no longer accepting responses.