Minuet – L. Boccherini
This Minuet by Boccherini is a great piece to play! When I first noticed that this piece was in Suzuki Book 2 I was very thrilled because I have always liked to listen to this piece. I had played this piece a couple of months ago but didn’t practice it for a long time. I think it was a bit too hard at the time. And I was just too focused on finishing Suzuki Book 2 so I rushed through it… Now I revisited the piece and enjoyed it very much.
This time I wanted to do it right. I memorized the piece so I can have it in my repertoire at all times. In case somebody asks me to play something and I don’t have my sheet music. Also I think it’s easier to really focus on the music when I don’t have to be watching the notes all the time. Anyway, I was surprised that it wasn’t too hard to memorize this piece. It has only a few basic blocks and everything else is just repeating so that’s helpful too.
The piano accompaniment I used is from the Pianoescort channel which I think was a great accompaniment. They even show the sheet music in their recording which makes things easy to learn.
Low finger 4
The Boccherini Minuet is in A Major but has D sharps on the A string too. One of the things I had to work on most with this piece was the use of low finger 4. Several times there is G sharp on the D string and D sharp on the A string which should be played with low 4. I first tried to play it with high 3 which I find easier. But it’s actually harder because then you have to alternate between high 3 and regular 3 and it complicates intonation. So I just followed the fingerings on the sheet music and struggled with the low 4. Intonation is not always correct for this finger… In the second part of the piece – the Trio – there is a succession of 16th notes that gave me a hard time but after many times practicing this slowly I think it turned out well.
Trills and fourth finger
A real struggle was the following pattern that’s repeated several times.
In the sheet music it says to play open string E but I think it’s hard to have a nice slur with the lower E, since a string has to be skipped. So I wanted to play this with fourth finger E. Now to do this beautifully after the trill is very tricky. I have practiced this over and over… Hope you like the result.
Up to Suzuki Book 3
The Boccherini Minuet is the last piece of Suzuki Book 2, so now I’m very excited to get started with book 3! I’ll soon start posting my recordings of those pieces. If any of you have been playing pieces from book 3, I appreciate all tips and suggestions of what to focus on with that book. Please let me know in the comments.