3rd position on the violin
This month I will be mainly focusing on improving in 3rd position. Last month I started to really work on third position. I am using the book Master 3rd position with finger positions by Heahter Broadbent. It’s the book I won for participating in the book-a-thon. You can see my previous post about it, in case you missed it. There are seven finger patterns in the book and I have been practicing the first finger pattern this month. Each pattern starts with separate exercises for each string. Then there are exercises across all strings. These I found pretty hard. Here is a before and after video of me playing the first finger pattern across all strings.
So far my update about learning 3rd position. I will now get started with the second finger pattern in 3rd position.
Suzuki Book 3 pieces
So what else will I be practicing this month? My plan is to finish Suzuki book 3 as soon as possible so that I can start learning the Vivaldi Concerto in A minor (which is in Suzuki book 4). This month I will be practicing Humoresque by A. Dvorak and Gavotte by J. Becker.
Swan by Camille Saint-Saens
Also I hope to be able to learn to play this beautiful piece Swan by Sant-Saens this month. I found the sheet music on virtualsheetmusic.com with piano accompaniment. It uses 3rd position too and it will be a great piece to work on my vibrato and musical expression.
Here is a beautiful version of the piece played by Joshua Bell!
The notes are not hard but playing it beautifully is not easy at all!! I think it’s more of a challenge than the Suzuki pieces I will be learning this month. So, I’m very excited to see how this will go.
Good luck to you all this month!