1 year 11 months violin progress – Corelli Op. 5 Sonata 7 Preludio
For my progress video after playing the violin for 1 year and 11 months, I prepared this piece by Corelli. Corelli wrote several sonatas for violin and harpsichord. Most of his sheet music is written out very simple. But the violinist is expected to add some embellishments. I didn’t do this… just playing the notes was hard enough.
Sheet music I used for Corelli Op. 5 Sonata 7 can be found here.
I practiced the Preludio from Sonata 7. There are three other parts. A sonata is supposed to be played as a whole, but all four parts were too much for me too learn. And honestly I don’t like the music that much. So I decided to just stick with the Preludio. A violin teacher who often comments on my YouTube videos suggested me to learn this piece. I could then focus on intonation in first position. I actually ended up focusing on other things. When I started practicing this piece, I noticed it should be played with short martele-like strokes. Staccato and martele have never worked well for me. I really tried for this piece and I think I improved but I still think it could be much better.
My recording of Corelli Op. 5 Sonata 7
The preludio is in D minor, and the signature has only B flat. The notes are not so hard to play but as I said I had trouble with the bowing. Ah and also the string crossings were not that easy. I think this piece is a great exercise to focus on nice, clean string crossings. Also I notice in my recording that sometimes there are notes that don’t belong. I did work hard to get the string crossings right. First I practiced the strings crossings without the left hand, just on open strings. Then I added the left hand. I did this every day and still it’s not perfectly clean.
Once more it’s clear to me that I still have a very very long way to go with my violin. But I’m totally happy with the progress I have made so far. And I am planning something huge for my 2 year progress video. I won’t share yet what piece it will be, because I want to keep it a surprise. It’s a wonderful piece and I like it very very much but it’s oh so complicated… I truly hope I will be able to learn it in one month!!