Humoresque by A. Dvorak
Hello dear followers! Today I share my recording of Humoresque by Dvorak. It’s the fourth piece in Suzuki Book 3 for violin. When I first saw this piece a couple of months ago, I thought this was a really difficult piece. Now that I started practicing this piece I noticed it wasn’t as hard as I thought. It’s not easy but it’s certainly doable.
With this piece I’ve been focusing on dynamics and shifting to third position. The dynamics were better live but by now I know it’s always worse on a recording. But still you can hear a bit of it. I did notice in the recording that again I seem to use too much bow for the sort notes. It’s funny actually because wen I started playing I received feedback that I wasn’t using enough bow and now I’m using too much… at least at some moments
My recording of Humoresque
As for 3rd position, in my version of the Suzuki book, there are no fingerings for 3rd position. So, I watched some videos to see where others use 3rd position. This was the first time that I had to do lots of shifting back and forth. I guess most of the time it was pretty accurate but a couple of times I also missed the shift… I hope my shifts become more accurate and faster in the near future.
I’m also still using the book “Master third position with finger patterns” by Heather Broadbent. I’m now almost done practicing the second finger pattern. It’s really helping me a lot. I can feel it’s getting much easier to play in 3rd position. I hope to have finished all seven patterns by the end of next month.
Sources used to learn Humoresque
I also practiced playing along with recording below to get more familiar with the rhythm of the piece.