Thursday, November 20, 2008
Closing in on the Breval Sonata
Practice points for the next few weeks will focus on:
- those four segments, working on rhythm/tempo, and making sure the fingering is right - slow it down for a while, first;
- improve articulation on the sixteenth-dotted-eighth phrases, making sure the bow bites into the string on the sixteenths and eases off through the dotted-eighths;
- practice wrist action to articulate the short upbow runs of hooked eighth notes °;
- work on the transitions into the triplet runs, especially at the end;
- practice the whole-note D/E trill at the end;
- overall relaxation and breathing - try playing it only with the left hand fingers tapping onto the strings as I watch my breathing patterns.
- I've decided to go back and work on the Beethoven Minuet in G (#5 in Suzuki Book 3), which has lots of upbow eighth-note runs using hooked bowing. I'll probably work on this one as another "performance" piece (although I don't think my teacher particularly likes this piece.)
I've been working on vibrato almost daily for a couple months now, and I briefly demonstrated what sort of exercises I've been doing. My techniques are good, although I do have to make a minor adjustment to my fourth finger vibrato. I'm taking this slow and easy working steadily up the metronome. I've still got a long way to go, but it appears I'm definitely on track. I'll also start playing scales using vibrato...
I left the lesson feeling pretty good - with renewed confidence.