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    I am working on tunes for the monthly 'Session' that I have now joined at a local pub. Some of the Scottish folk tunes are on the verge of the baroque music of their time, and I have been playing two slow airs by Niel Gow today at my lesson - Gow was a celebrated eighteenth-century Scots fiddler but he also liked & played music by Corelli at social gatherings.

    My favourite is 'Niel Gow's Lament for his Second Wife', and I am using Iain Fraser's video and book:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvXndMH3YlM
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    I'm finally playing through all of Bach's Chaconne, though I haven't quite memorized the final D minor section. Although I'm focused more on piano now I intend to continue spending 45 minutes to an hour a day on guitar as well.

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    Allegro from Mozart's 5th violin concerto I just began working on the other day.

    Recently I've been playing Vivaldi's 4 seasons. I'm able to play it through... but very sloppily... I think that's one I'll keep coming back to as I improve. It's always been a favorite of mine to listen to. The 1st piece Spring Allego is the funnest part to play and the part I'm probably strongest on.

    I've been looking for melodic pieces at the edge of my ability that will challenge me and get me more comfortable shifting and playing in high positions so any suggestions are appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    One thing I took away from the Masterclass is playing a piece from memory. I'm a terrible memorizer so I never try. But I should at least try. I won't ever actually play a piece in a Masterclass from memory, but while I'm practicing I should try to learn the piece from memory. The reason is that learning from memory means you really know the piece, muscle memory becomes more ingrained. You learn a piece by heart, it becomes a part of you.
    When I was younger I took Suzuki lessons and they had us memorize songs. I hated memorizing, songs, I have a bad memory and struggled w/ it. lol I would find myself get stuck in these loops were I would end up repeating the same sections over... I feel like my fingers will remember the notes for each part but I need a reference in order to know what part comes next. It's kind of like reciting prayers in church or the pledge of allegiance, I know the words by heart and then I go to say them by myself and I'm surprisingly unsure.

    ....I think when it comes to violin when you first learn a song it is usually challenging and at the height of your ability. When you move onto more challenging pieces and then come back to a song your ability to play that song is so much more improved and you're able to give it so much more style. You no longer struggle over and need to focus the notes and are able to focus on making it as musical and sweet sounding as you can... I think when you're in that phase it might be easier to memorize the pieces then. It's hard to memorize them when you can barely just play the song. Whenever I watch professional musicians they always seem to play the songs with such ease and just seem to focus on the musicality of it. I feel like it's good to keep learning new pieces and come back to pieces, mastering songs in separate phases, rather than overly focus and try to master it all at once. ...lol not that I have much credentials to give such advice tho.

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    I was watching the 1935 version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" which uses a score that is entirely Mendelssohn and they used "Spring Song" and I thought...hmm...so I found some sheet music online. I've got the melody down but to perform it live I need someone to do the bass line. That's an awesome bass line to accompany the melody and both are awesome played on double basses.
    "God," asked Adam, "why did you make Eve so beautiful?"
    And He replied, "So that you could love her."
    "But God," asked Adam, "why did you make her so stupid?"
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    I'm going to music camp again this summer. I have my new violin to show off. And I will play something for the masterclass. It's all low pressure for us amateurs. I've been working on Prelude and Allegro by Kreisler which is a good piece to show off but it might be a bit ambitious for me. I've also been working on the first violin sonata of Grieg, which is less showy but playable.

    Last year I played some solo Bach and the year before the Mozart G major concerto, without cadenza. I want to play something else, no more Bach, and something a bit more modern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by senza sordino View Post
    I'm going to music camp again this summer. I have my new violin to show off. And I will play something for the masterclass. It's all low pressure for us amateurs. I've been working on Prelude and Allegro by Kreisler which is a good piece to show off but it might be a bit ambitious for me. I've also been working on the first violin sonata of Grieg, which is less showy but playable.

    Last year I played some solo Bach and the year before the Mozart G major concerto, without cadenza. I want to play something else, no more Bach, and something a bit more modern.
    Its good to switch up your repertoire for sure. I'm not familiar with the violin pieces by Kreisler or Grieg (though I do like Grieg's String Quartet). If you are still thinking about possibly adding other modern pieces Bartok wrote a lot of excellent works, and I quite like Rodrigo's Capriccio for solo violin.

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    I'm working on some traditional Scottish tunes that use Scordatura - my fiddle retuned to AEAE - including the eighteenth-century classic The Lea Rig.
    I can't believe the sound that my cheap starter violin is making - the volume, the resonance, the Scottish ringing-strings sound!
    I'm loving it!
    ~ Mollie ~
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ingélou View Post
    I'm working on some traditional Scottish tunes that use Scordatura - my fiddle retuned to AEAE - including the eighteenth-century classic The Lea Rig.
    I can't believe the sound that my cheap starter violin is making - the volume, the resonance, the Scottish ringing-strings sound!
    I'm loving it!
    Very cool and nice to hear, but I would like to encourage you to return to doing some proper classical music again in the near future too.

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    I'm currently working on the Bach Am violin concerto. I love the slow movement. There is a constant shifting of keys and harmonies, each phrase in a different, albeit related, key. I'm really getting the hang of the baroque trill, which starts on the top note. And I use a little vibrato only. I can vary my vibrato now to suit the mood.

    I'm also working on the Grieg violin sonata no 1 in F major. In this piece I can now change my technique to play more romantically, a wide vibrato, slides (portamemto) and trills that start on the bottom note. It sounds quite different than the Bach. I couldn't do that before - change my style to suit the era of music.

    I'm still working on the Sarasate Malagueña, which I'll probably play at music camp this summer. It's more technically showy than the Grieg. It's got artificial harmonics, and left hand pizzicato.

    And I just started playing the allegro assai from the C major sonata of Bach solo violin.

    I'm sure my teacher likes all his students, but especially me because he's only ten years older than me. We talk about music, but also house prices, taxes, politics etc, which he doesn't do with his much younger students. And also, I like to learn to play an entire piece of music. When music students prepare for an exam or recital they are required to play two contrasting movements of a piece of music, not the entire thing. So they never do learn the entire piece. I like to play the entire piece of music, all movements.

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    Check out a strings song I wrote.

    https://soundcloud.com/rongtian-yue/a-normal-day

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdc View Post
    I'm finally playing through all of Bach's Chaconne, though I haven't quite memorized the final D minor section. Although I'm focused more on piano now I intend to continue spending 45 minutes to an hour a day on guitar as well.
    Try Busoni's transcription for piano!

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    Although it still needs work I feel quite accomplished as I've finally memorized the Chaconne in its entirety.

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    I am pulling the stings right now, does that count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    I am pulling the stings right now, does that count.
    Aaaiii

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