I’m soooo excited today to share with you my video about my 1 year violin progress!! This first year of learning to play the violin has been great! I’m so happy about everything I’ve learned and I’m very curious about what I’ll be learning in my second year!
Oskar Rieding Opus 35 Concerto in B minor
So to end this year, I have been practicing the 2nd movement of a concerto that I had been practicing before. I played my first concerto about half a year ago. It was the Concerto in B minor Opus 35 by Oskar Rieding. I had played the first and third movement. But the second movement was too hard at the time. It has several accidentals and low finger 1 and 2 but what’s most challenging is the fact that it is slow. When we play slow it’s so much easier to hear all the mistakes, bow bounces etc. To have the intonation correct for this piece is really hard. At least for me it was a real challenge. I’ve worked hard to have a correct intonation for this piece but it still is off sometimes as you’ll hear in the recording. Also this piece needs vibrato which I couldn’t do yet a couple of months ago. I wanted to do vibrato on all notes but it was to hard still so, I’ve tried to add vibrato only for the long notes.
I’m really glad I’ve played all movements of the concerto this year, so here is my recording of the 2nd movement. By the way this is also the first time that I’ve completely memorized a piece. In the recording I’m not using the sheet music YAY!! It’s a great feeling!
Hope you enjoy!!
My 1 year violin progress video
I think this is one of the easiest violin concertos to start with, and completely in first position. It’s perfect for a beginner. If you feel like trying this concerto too, here are the links for the sheet music:
For the piano accompaniment, it’s the first time I’ve actually used a real piano accompaniment. My other recordings with piano were from midi files but this is real piano and I could feel it. It’s really more beautiful. Here is were I found the accompaniment on the YouTube channel Pianoescort. They have accompaniment for all three movements and lots of other pieces. I share this here because maybe this can be useful for somebody else too!