Back to basics
As I mentioned in a previous post, I hace recently come back to playing my instruments after about a 7 month hiatus. I want to go back to basics on both instruments, but am unsure what pieces etc. to pick. Does anyone have any suggestions? On the violin, I have been playing Beethoven F major romance and Haydn G major concerto. On the viola, I have been playing Bach C major suite almost exclusively.
I aim to improve my ryhthm and intonation a lot this time around so a lot of scales and also does anyone have any rhythm exercises or something as well?
Editing to add: I will be doing this without a teacher for the forseeable future (due to Covid of course, and my own current financial situation)
Thanks very much in advance
Intonation & rhythm.
I think Roy Sonne's "School of Violin Artistry":
Andrew, I've actually seen a lot of his videos. I find them really informative
For the violin I recommend perhaps Mozart E-Minor Sonata K304, and if you have not done at least three Handel Sonatas they are lovely and very good for your general technique. Also you should do something with double-stops. If you have had some double-stops work before, then you could do the Bach D-Minor Sarabande. Another lovely piece that might be about your level is the first movement of "Summer" from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." For a romantic lyrical piece, how about "Vocalise" by Rachmaninoff. And the Allegro Brilliant by Ten Have is a nice piece for violin at about your level too. Ordinarily after you do Beethoven Op. 50 and Haydn G Major you should be on your way to Mozart No. 3, but if you have been away from your instruments for a while this would not be a good choice; also the cadenzas are all loaded with double-stops and the Beethoven and Haydn do not prepare you in that area.
Those are some really good suggestions Paul. Do you have any idea on what Handel sonatas?
You should try the Mozart Violin Concerto No 3 in G major! It's very beautiful, pretty, easy, playful, and fun! Perhaps skip the cadenza as that can be hard for certain people. Maybe you can write your own cadenza to suit your hand? This is a very great piece that requires style and musicality above technique. You seem like an old person, and they say old people have lots of musicality.
You got some good advice here. Mozart 3 will whip you back into shape in no time and the Simon Fischer books are invaluable. And proving Buri's point I completely forgot about the Handel Sonatas although I only ever played the F major one. Listening to good playing is also something that is often overlooked so Adrian is right on the money.
yep. great lady. I just wish she would actually write her name somewhere on her videos. They are currently some of the best teaching available on YouTube.
I just read your bio... and you're not an old man! Sorry for the assumption. Your bio says you've been playing for 13 years and even considering joining a conservatory (which indicates a high level of playing), so based on your bio I think you shouldn't be playing technically easier stuff like a Beethoven romance in order to "whip you back into shape". 13 years of playing is a long time, even considering your 7-month hiatus, and you should use something more technical. I recommend the Paganini caprices 13, 16, 20, 9, and then 24-var 6. These are entry-level caprices (not 24) that don't resemble the demonic virtuosity that Paganini's works championed as much as 1-7. However, these caprices are good for exercising some techniques that you might need to check. My advice might not be the best as I am a high school student who has never gone through a hiatus. I become mentally deranged if I don't play the violin daily!
Mike I have played for nearly 14 years, yeah. But a lot of the teachers I have had in that time have been extremely poor/sub-par. I didn't get my first decent teacher until I was 19, and we tried to wash away 9 years of bad habits but we didn't see each other enough. I am nowhere near ready in any capacity to play any form of Paganini haha. Maybe one day
So I am now taking it upon myself to try and fix as many of the problems by myself, with the help of all Simon Fischer books (minus scales), YouTube and your goodselves here, before I start taking lessons again slightly later this year
Good luck and I hope you get up to speed!
You asked which Handel sonatas I recommend, and Bob's your uncle because my three favorites -- and the ones that have been discussed in this thread by others too -- are all in the Suzuki books. A major, D major, and F major. Dust off your martele and rock some Handel!
Handel and Mozart are great, and the F major is probably the easiest to start, but I don't think they would be particularly helpful if you are looking for remediation. I would play them in the spirit of having fun, but I made the biggest jumps myself playing the romantic-leaning student repertoire, like Viotti, Beriot, Vieuxtemps etc, as it asks you to play "bigger". I think etudes are really the key to building your playing up. Salmon Fisher can probably spawn good practice habits, even if I roe reading his work.
I had a play through of the F major today along with the first (flute) part of Telamann's first canonic sonata. I wanted something easier rhymically so I can use it to build up later on. But I will take another look at Mozart E minor too. I think I had a look at it before years ago
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