Wohlfahrt Etude 7
This month it’s all about practicing scales with flats! I’m progressing with the Bb Major scale with 2 flats and this etude by Wohlfahrt in Bb Major is great to practice. Actually, it wasn’t that hard as I thought. The first time I saw the sheet music for this etude, I thought: “This looks really complicated!!” But it’s OK. There are some accidentals to pay attention to. Sometimes Eb changes to E, it also has F sharp and G sharp at times. I think that makes the etude really beautiful.
Anyway, I hope you like my recording…
Bb Major Scale
Etude 7 from Franz Wohlfahrt is in the key of Bb Major. This is the sheet music I’ve used to practice the scale in two octaves. It also shows the broken 3rd’s and arpeggios. It’s one of the scales in two octaves that can be played completely in first position. But, it has two flats and at first it really messes with your intonation. It’s as if all the notes in the scale suddenly go a bit flat… Lot’s of practicing is necessary.
The rhythm is extremely easy, just like the previous etude I’ve recorded. The entire etude consists of 8th notes. This is really an etude to practice intonation and string crossings. I’ve tried to practice with different rhythms as well: slurring each two consecutive 8th notes, then slurring four consecutive 8th notes. I also practiced with staccato. Slurring four notes is still hard for me to do, but I notice that if I practice like that, then afterwards my tone is better. So, I think it helps me improve my tone.
Use all strings
I think I of the things that makes me like this etude by Wohlfahrt is because it uses all four strings. I really like the lower tones on the violin. They sound and feel great!