Low finger 1 and 2

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! :-)

8 thoughts on “Low finger 1 and 2 in a piece from Suzuki book 2

  1. I really love this piece a lot. I am tempted to learn it too. By the way I love your trills they sound really good!

  2. Hi!
    Congratulations on your great progress! I am also learning violin (for about a year and 3 months) and I really enjoy your blog. I found one small mistake in this post – Lully’s gavotte is in a minor, not c major and it is first whole piece (except first part of the grenadiers) in minor mode. It can be ussually determined by looking on the last note of the piece. For example C major has corresponding minor scale a minor and the last note of the gavote is a, so it’s a minor. I hope I helped you with that. I absolutely love your so short staccato – when I were playing vivaldi concerto I had a huge problems with executing this bow stroke. Just after playing this piece I came back to the Gossec gavotte and the first part sounded gorgeous compared to this first time when I played it.
    Let the viloin be with you!

    1. Hi Emma, than you so much for commenting and explaining my mistake about the piece not being in C Major but a minor. I’ve corrected it now in the article.
      I’m glad you like my staccato ;-)
      The Vivaldi concerto you’re talking about, which one is that? And what are you practicing now?

      1. Hi Mariko. I were playing a little simplified version of Vivaldi Violin Concerto in G Major – https://youtu.be/E1OHn4GHR3Q I really enjoyd playing that piece. I participated in my school competition and played that piece, Hymoresque by Dvorak from Suzuki Violin Book 3 and in duo second violin of Baklanova Variations from a russian book that my teacher really likes. I think from this three the Variations were the hardest. I needed to play it in three positions and it has some hard doublestops.
        I am really happy that i finished those pieces, but I really enjoyed them especially the concerto that I absolutely love.
        Right now I have started the Komarowski concerto in A major and I found it really hard. When I tried to play it for the frist time with my teacher I thought its too hard, but right now after practicing it for three weeks it is more or less polished. Right now I am waiting for the piece that I will play in duo with a boy that is seven years younger than me and its his seventh year of playing violin. That is the funny part of starting violin as a late teen.

        1. Hi Emma, I listened to the Concerto by Vivaldi. It is very beautiful indeed! Thanks for sharing. This gives me something to look forward to. Maybe I can play this too in a couple of years. It’s nice to hear what other people are practicing. I’m not playing doublestops yet, neither playing in other positions. Would like to do it all already but I realized I have to give it time. Learning the violin is like a marathon :-) and I can’t learn everything at once. But I’ll get there like you.
          It’s cool that you’ll be doing a duo with a younger boy :-) I wished I had started learning earlier too, but age doesn’t matter right? Learning the violin is always fun!
          Good luck with the Komarowski concerto!
          If you make a recording of it or feel like sharing any other experiences in the forum, would be great! I love to hear what others are practicing or what inspires them so we can encourage each other.

          1. Age is not important. I think that only important thing about your passion is how passionate you are. I wish I discovered violin earlier.
            I will try to post something on forumI don’t know if I will be able to get a video that I am playing Vivaldi concerto with piano. I will ask my teacher, becouse our performance were recorded by my school. This concerto isn’t as hard as it sound. The version I have is playable only in first position and its hardest part is the articulation and dynamics. As it comes to shifting I started learning it after a year in and it isn’t as hard as I thought it will be.
            Good luck with your F major scale and the fiddle tunes.

            1. Thanks so much Emma, I’m about to start my practice session for today. :yahoo:
              Oh that would be great! Would love to see a video of you playing the Vivaldi concerto. Hope to play it too some day. Good luck for you too! ;-)

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