Suzuki Book 3
Hi guys, time to set myself some new violin goals! I’ve been working hard in July to complete my goals. I was working a lot to improve my intonation. I think it only has improved a little bit. But after focusing on this, now at least I can hear my mistakes much better. I think that will help me a lot to further improve intonation in the future. Also I did finish Suzuki Book 2 last month (see my recording of the Boccherini Minuet in case you missed it). This month I will get started with Suzuki Book 3! I’m planning on playing the first two pieces this month, which is Gavotte (Martini) and Minuet (Bach). I don’t think these first pieces from Suzuki Book 3 aren’t much harder than the last piece from Suzuki Book 2.
In a couple of days I will post my recording of Elves Dance by Jenkinson which will be for my 14 months progress video. I’m very excited about that piece and hope it will be a good video.
Meanwhile I couldn’t wait anymore to learn a new position. So I’m doing a couple of introductory exercises in 3rd position now YAY!!! I’m using the Lauoreux violin method part 2. I only did two pages so far in the book, but I think it’s a good book to learn this position! I don’t know how far I will get this month. But I’m trying not to focus so much anymore on the number of pages I do, and focus more on playing it with good intonation and make it sound good. I actually really like the sound of 3rd position.
I’ve gone through the music of Suzuki Book 3 and there are no fingerings for 3rd position but I’ve seen many use 3rd position in Suzuki Book 3 so I will watch their videos again and try to copy their 3rd position fingerings. If any of you know the measures where to better use 3rd position, please let me know in the comments below.
1 finger scales
In the past weeks I’ve used many of the tips I had received on violinist.com and now I want to start working on an other tip I had received. They told me I should start doing 1 finger scales. It helps with intonation and shifting. Here is an example. I’m curious for the results. I will let you know in a future post.
The etude I will be working on this month is Wohlfahrt Opus 45 etude 12. I had practiced the first 11 etudes before, although I didn’t record them all. So I’ll continue with number 12 now. This one has 3 flats and is a good exercise for bowing. Each measure has one accented note and then two slurred notes.