Need Help Practicing
First discussion post, been reading plenty of these discussion lately so I thought I’d ask for advice because I’m feeling like I don’t have a sense of direction when practicing, so I’ll give everyone a breakdown of myself and my deficiencies.
Sevick 40 Bowing Variations: My teacher as stated multiple times that I have little flexibility in the my bow hand, and a collapsing double jointed pinkie in the middle joint. Any advice on improving my bow hand?
Double Stops: Any idea on how to practice these, I feel as though double stops is definitely one of my major weak points(from my experience playing “easy” double stops in Kabalevsky.
Repertoire:Have just finished Kabalevsky(all 3 movements) and Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro.
Currently Working on:Bach Partita 2 First 2 movements:My teachers has stated(we have online lessons) that while it looks like I’m playing the pieces perfectly, my tone is not centered and my intonation seems off.
Just started Mozart 4:Any general tips on how to approach the piece? My teacher has stated that I should work on the second movement this week, then after New Years(when my teacher starts lessons up again) do the first and third movements. The second movement seemed extremely simple( could sight read the entire movement), but I need major help on the Joachim Cadenza, mainly the thirds.
What I’m looking for here is an effective practice schedule for myself, as I’ve been struggling to maintain concentration as I feel as though I don’t have a direction. I have around 3 hours of practice time(1 hour at school in the morning, 2 at home after school)
I agree that it sounds like what you need are some very focused practice methods. If your teacher is not helping you with that, maybe you should come right out and ask. A general rule for me is 25% on scales and scale-like studies, 25% on other studies (I like studies), 25% on some kind of faster repertoire, 25% on some kind of slower or more lyrical repertoire or solo Bach.
I can't get inside other violinist's heads. I can only state what worked for me.
What you are saying sounds like you have some gaps in basic technique, left hand and right hand. You are probably very agile on the violin, but the deficiencies in your basic technique hold you from getting your pieces (which are already quite advanced on the higher intermediate level) to a perfect level. Your teacher seems to only listen to your playing and only indicating the flaws they hear, without actually going more deeply to the root causes. We can't obviously teach you the violin from this forum. All I can recommend is you get the book "Basics" by Simon Fischer which is ideal for self-help in specific technical issues. You will find exercises for all the problems you mention, plus many more.
Here's an off-the-wall suggestion: try transcription. I can't bring myself to follow any sort of practise regimen these days, but pulling solos or pieces I like is always great fun. And educational, of course.
Hello Tam, I'm guessing that you have switched to online lessons because of the pandemic and have studied with the same teacher pre-Covid. What I have found with online lessons is that we students need to be much more proactive, and ask more questions, because the teacher cannot see (or even hear) as much as in person. From reading your post, is seems as if you need to ask more questions and get a better understanding of exactly what will help you move forward. Here are some random thoughts/ideas which may or may not be relevant to your situation.
Mr. Gabris, to clarify, when I said I was having problems with my bow,hand, what I mean is the flexibility in fingers to do advanced bow strokes like spicatto and sautille, i don’t think the second partita of bach(which I’m working on) will help with that.
Hey Tam! wow.. i actually got scared, because you wrote mr gabris... huhh. okay okay.... letmesee.... we need to talk!!!
Pinky issues can be severe. You said you've got a double-jointed pinky in your bow hand that's collapsing. I had an issue in my left hand pinky when I was a teenager, where it would "lock" in place and then release. After a few times it was painful, and it became more likely to happen again after a couple of times, so it was kind of a feedback loop. What I found was that I just had to play less stuff that had really high-intensity high-position (with vibrato) requirements for my pinky, until it could heal some, and from then until now, I've just learned to be careful with it, and it only flares up maybe once a year now. Of course your issue may be a lot different but I'm guessing you're just going to have to dedicate some bandwidth to it while you're practicing, especially bowing studies.
yes, yes, not necessarily upper half, yes, its just easier.... for me...
ok I checked the yutube video in the link of ur previous post... whattosay?
okay, so this is how I would play it:
"Paul... all the stuff you learnt at conservatory yu tink is useless?"
Thanks for sharing the link Paul, this is my introduction to Kremer!
To put it clearly, if you would've wrote (sorry my french is better) si vous avaiz écris "I am a chemist, but don't worry, you know who I am) ca vait mieux. I would've been better, because you imply in the same sentence, that you are hiding as a chemist because of another reason.
Every serious violinist works out their own personal practice routine. I don't think the technical part needs to last longer than one hour per day; that is warm-ups, exercises, scales, arpeggios,etudes. Pick one key per week when learning, one key per day when reviewing. Most scale books are set up that way. Don't get locked into only one approach to fingering scales; that doesn't happen in real music. Your Sevcik 40 vars. is my favorite bowing book. Being simple-minded, I don't combine bowing and rhythm variations with the scales; I can only focus on one thing at time. Don't get bogged down with the very difficult Bach S&P set. Most violinists spend most of their time in orchestras where we don't do double-stops and skill on the second half of the E-string is the key to survival.
Yes, but Tam was asking about wristz flexibility.......
All very good, if complicated advice. Here's my method:
I agree. Also (I got this from somewhere else, the net is full of excellent, grand soloists teaching), try just playing the difficult notes without any pressure with the bow. Just scratch some sound. You don't even have to play in rhythm. Thatz way you can also avoid the neighbour harrassing you when hearing you practice.... then play it twice normally.... ;-))
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