So this month I started Suzuki Book 3. I was really excited!! But honestly I don’t like this first piece very much. I don’t want to be negative but it’s really not my favorite. I struggled with the staccato, clean tone, intonation… I have been practicing Martini Gavotte for 18 days or so and I’m not very motivated to keep practicing it. It’s much better than it was at first but I think there is still a lot of room for improvement. I’ve worked a lot on intonation with this piece. Also I tried to improve my bow distribution and use as much bow as possible.
At first I wasn’t happy with the recording but then I compared with a version I recorded a week ago and it was definitely much better. Intonation is better, the tone less scratchy and I can play it faster. So I guess I should be happy with the level it is at now. Anyway for the second piece of this book I’ll do my best to do things better since I really love that piece. So it’s easier to work hard on it.
Recording of Martini Gavotte
Piano accompaniment has been generated from this midi file.
Martini Gavotte Tutorial
I had been searching a lot to find more info about Martini Gavotte. At this point I feel that some more detailed instruction would be really helpful. I find there are many resources for starters, and then there are many videos also for really advanced players with masterclasses etc. But for the Suzuki Book 3 level I find it harder to find videos that really give me the information I need to play this well! Here I list what I found most useful.
I really liked this tutorial by Allyson. Very detailed and helpful. Learned a lot from it, especially about bow distribution.
Also found this article on teachsuzukiviolin.com with more info about this piece, especially focusing on some measures that can be problematic.