This was today during a break of his violin practice which was really good: he also started working on Allemanda -- WJ Bach Partida 2. We stay away from violin practice for almost three weeks due to the week he had his monthly blood transfusion and following one that he pretty much got sick as a result of vaccine side-effects.
Now, he is doing fine: blue skies.
With Love & Peace,
I'm unreasonably obsessed with playability on my G string. It's the most difficult string by far to play high on, and without the entire violin setup perfectly, that difficulty only compounds itself… Total freedom on the lowest string enables total freedom on all strings.
One thing I've become obsessed with is how tilted high quality violinists manage to keep their instruments. It's almost as if they have them turned so they can show you what their fingers are doing. But what it does is allow the player to more easily access the lower strings and not go sky high with the bow arm.
I had abandoned my shoulder rest and committed to a Hollywood-style chin rest. The chin rest was very expensive. After pulling an all-nighter with some serious experimentation, the shoulder rest is back on, and the chin rest has been changed out for my Guarneri. It's really fascinating how probably 98% of quality violinists play on a Guarneri, and I'm starting to see why. There's something about the curve to it that allows a player to comfortably tilt the instrument. A shoulder rest becomes crucial in securing the tilted instrument without clamping at the hand.
I had abandoned the shoulder rest due to difficulty keeping the instrument stable, but interestingly, it's much easier to keep it stable with a shoulder rest when using the Guarneri. It was the other chin rest that caused problems when combined with the shoulder rest.
A couple of things are very clear, though. 1) Watch invariable trends among pros that are well-outside commonly-discussed violin pedagogy. 2) Don't stay in a lower position on any string. Practice the full length of every string to know what your setup is dealing with. 3) Expect to spend lots and lots of 💰 experimenting… I'm sure more changes are still to come, for me…
One of the most difficult things with playing the violin is down-shifting, especially when you're going from a position over or close to being over the body of the violin to a position away from the body.
I've worked a lot so far on other exercises from this series, as well, but the first is by-far the most difficult. Nothing is better for getting those upper positions on lower strings more and more in-tune! Upper strings are much easier. It's the lower strings you have to really focus on the most, because they take a lot more stretching to reach them!
And yes, I'm not doing full bow strokes as written! I've decided I might as well get used to splitting them up, when I'm practicing under-tempo! 🤣🎻
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From our concert last night... I am happiest on stage!!! :) #spotthesil
A little reminder of summer to get you into the spirit for tonight's concert which will open with the same piece - Dvořák's Slavonic Dances. This video was recorded at BMW Classics in July - as you can tell, we were hot hot hot. 😎