It’s been exactly six months since I first started to play the violin. I’ve learned so much these past six months and then I mean not only about playing the violin, but also about famous violinists, composers, the wood of the violin, violin maintenance and much more. It’s really an interesting journey! And there is so much to learn about the violin, I don’t think it will ever get boring. I’ve read somewhere that the violin is the king of the instruments, and I completely agree with that!
I’ve been practicing hard this month to be able to share a nice video with you for my violin progress after six months. Last month I played the first movement of the Concerto in B minor by Oskar Rieding. This month I practiced the second movement. I’ve really tried hard but it was to hard for me now. String crossings, slurring difficult sequences of notes and flat notes…. way to many struggles so I gave up, for now. I’ll try it again in a couple of months. The third movement is real fun! It’s pretty fast but the notes are easy and I really like the rhythm. In the video I play the third movement.
If you’re looking for the sheet music to play this concerto yourself, here is the link:
Violin progress help
To learn to play this piece well, I’ve been practicing my intonation following the principles Heather Broadbent explains so well. Also, my metronome became my best friend, well one of my best friends I didn’t even have to buy one, I just downloaded the app Metronome Beats on my cellphone and it works great. At first it was really hard to play with the metronome. At first I had to play the piece very slowly because I couldn’t play the sixteenth notes fast, but that resolted in very slow quarter notes. Not funny, because it was really hard to sustain the notes and keep a nice tone. Luckily every day I could set me metronome a little bit faster and in the end I managed to play it the speed I was aiming for.
My tuner app came also in handy. I’m using gStrings on my cellphone to easily tune my violin. While playing I put my cellphone next to my sheet so that I can constantly check and see if I’m still playing in tune.
I can say that combination of the intonation exercises, metronome and tuner are really helping me in my violin progress. Anybody wants to share what helps them to progress with the violin? Be sure to comment below.