- September 3, 2019 at 7:38 am #29013
When I practice the excerpt I feel I can’t control my right arm enough. So the 16th figures get rhythmically uneven. When I play it I just think the bow should not too vertically played and near the string. I’ve tried to play on the string and with dotted rythm. How do you guys practice this excerpt? Do you have any other great ideas?
🤩September 5, 2019 at 8:19 pm #29144
Are you able to play steady 16ths at the tempo of the excerpt? In other words, are you OK to play a whole lot of 16ths off the string, but not just four of them?September 7, 2019 at 3:12 am #29210
I think the problem comes when the 8th notes come before 16th. It seems like the transition of stroke between 8th& 16th are difficult for me. And the spiccato dies by string crossing as well..September 7, 2019 at 2:53 pm #29235
It’s so tough.
I try to make sure I’m just using the weight of the bow for those strokes and not adding more weight with my right hand. For me, when I try to control or play the rhythm well, i “grip” the bow and make that opening rhythm harder to play. Once I find that, I also try to play the 8th note quite short (sparkly) and that seems to set the tone for the 16th notes and they seem to fall into place better (equally short and light). Not totally technical, but try it out and see if that helps.
For string crossings, I check my elbow level, making sure it’s in between two strings, and that your string crossing shouldn’t be from the outer edges of the strings but inner, decreasing the amount of distance in the bow.
I recently played this for someone and she said I seemed scared at the opening. Haha. She reminded me to let it be more playful and that we shouldn’t take the scherzo too seriously. Easier said then done, but I think there is some truth to it! Have fun practicing!September 8, 2019 at 2:20 pm #29287
Thank you Lisa for detailed explanation:) I also tend to get tight at the beginning.. I will try it out what you recommend!
That’s so true that we should not lose the own character in it!! Thank you for reminding me 👍😁
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