Gavotte in G minor by Bach
Gavotte in G minor is the third piece in Suzuki Book 3 for violin. Apparently, Suzuki Book 3 is about learning to play in minor keys. I usually like pieces in minor keys and this one is no exception. I loved it immediately! Playing in G minor has some challenges, like low finger one. After playing low 1 other notes tend to go flat too, so that’s something to pay attention to. To be honest, I didn’t practice this piece for a long time. Just a couple of days. It didn’t seem to be so hard. Maybe it is because I had been practicing scales and etudes with two or three flat notes for quite some time.
And I love the flow of the piece. It’s like a river flowing in the woods. That’s what I imagine when hearing/playing the piece. I didn’t know that Gavotte is a dance. I wondered why so many people wrote pieces with the name Gavotte LOL So it’s a dance. And this one certainly made me want to dance. I had actually quite some fun with this piece. It seemed that I started the piece pretty slow and by the end of the piece I was playing much faster. However for the recording I tried to stick to one speed for the entire piece.
There is a part in the piece where my intonation is quite off. I heard it in the recording. But since I want to completely focus on my etude and the Bach suite this month, I’m going to be happy with where the Gavotte in G minor is now. Overall I think intonation wasn’t that bad. However, if I would play it again in the future, I would focus on adding more vibrato and dynamics. And obviously correct the intonation.
Resources to learn Gavotte in G minor by Bach
The website teachsuzukiviolin.com has a great page about this piece. It describes some difficult measures and which spots are important to pay attention to intonation.
I also found the lesson by Allyson very interesting.