Violin progress after 7 months
Time goes by soooo fast…! Another month has past! I’ve been playing the violin for seven months now! And today I play for you Gavotte by J.B. Lully from Suzuki Book 2. This is definitely my favorite piece from Suzuki Book 2. It’s real fun!
Low finger 1 and low finger 2
The difficulty is that it is in the key of a minor. At least for me it was difficult because it has low finger 2 on the D and A string and low finger 1 on the E string. You’ll hear in the recording that sometimes these notes were really out of tune. Anyway, I tried the best I could. I’m sure it’ll get better over time. The piece also has a nice mix of staccato and slurs. And something new for me: C on the E string without shifting. So, you have to use the fourth finger and stretch it even more than you would normally do to play B on the E string!!
Relaxing the left hand
Something else I was working on this month is keeping the base knuckle of the first finger loose from the neck of the violin. This should prevent me from squeezing the violin neck too hard. Relaxing the left hand also helps improve the tone. So, all good things! BUT, the problem is that as soon as I loosen the grip of my left hand my intonation gets worse… That’s definitely something to work on but if I start with it now, it will help me later on when I start learning vibrato.
Thanks for watching and reading! Next month I’ll be posting a video in which I play a different style of music. I’ll play a fiddle song. It’s new for me, but I’m really looking forward to it!