Wohlfahrt Op 45 Etude 12
Hello everybody, as you all know I really do like to practice etudes and this month I’ve been practicing Wohlfahrt Etude 12. This etude especially focuses on playing flats since it has 3 flats. It’s a pretty nice etude and it’s great to work on bow distribution. Every measure has three 8th notes and you should use as much bow for the first note as for the two following notes together. So the down bow is fast and the up bow is slower to use exactly the same amount of bow. This way the first note is also accented.
I focused a lot on intonation with this etude. It has three flats so lots of low fingers. When playing low 1, low 2 and low 4 it’s very easy to start moving your hand closer to the scroll. But then the natural notes will be out of tune. So to keep my hand in the correct position while playing flats, I focused on the correct intonation of D on the A string and G on the D string. If those notes are in tune, then they resonate well. So every time I played the 3rd finger I tried to check that I was still in tune. Hopefully that worked out. And I think this way, I haven’t moved up my hand towards the scroll. Anyway I’m pretty happy with the result!
My next violin etude
So, what’s up next? Until now I had been skipping etudes or jumping around in the etude book. I also played etudes from other books. But I’ve decided to just stick with the Wohlfahrt etudes for now and do them in order. I had practiced the first 11 etudes at some moment and that’s why I chose the number 12 for this month. Now I will just be continuing with number 13 and so on. I don’t know if I will be doing the entire book, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m sure I will learn something new with every etude.