Hello everybody, so I’m about to finish Suzuki book 3!! Just two more pieces to go! Really looking forward to learning the last two pieces because after those I will be learning the Vivaldi Concerto YAY!! So, as for the Becker Gavotte, the fifth piece in Suzuki book 3, I think this piece helped me progress. In the recording of the previous piece, I noticed lots of squeaky sounds at the start of the notes. The squeaky sounds were just like an instant, very short but it’s no good… So while practicing this piece I’ve really tried to get a softer sound and reduce the squeaks. I’m pretty happy with the result because I think my tone has improved with this piece.
I was trying to figure out why some notes squeak and I noticed it happened most with my 3rd and 4th finger. Seems that I don’t put enough pressure with these fingers or maybe that they come down just too slow. So for example when doing string crossings, if I keep down my 3rd finger like shown below then I can prevent the squeaky sound! So that’s what I did, it also makes the string change more fluid so I think that’s a good thing.
That’s funny, looking at these measures now, I think it would have been easier to have shifted to 3rd position. No string crossings then… anyway, I did the entire piece in 1st position.
Also, Becker Gavotte introduced up bow staccato. There was up bow staccato in previous pieces but just two consecutive quarter notes which is pretty easy. In this piece there were more notes under one bow and faster, so a real up bow staccato. It’s still a bit hard, especially when I have to do it fast but it’s coming along. I noticed it’s much easier to do the up bow staccato in the upper half of the bow. In the lower half of the bow it’s really scratchy. So, in this piece I made sure to start the parts with up bow staccato at the tip.
My recording of Becker Gavotte
Sources used to learn Becker Gavotte
Same as for the previous pieces of this book, I really liked the article on teachsuzukiviolin.com.
The video below by Allyson was very helpful too.
And I also listened several times to this performance. I liked how he did the short notes in the second part of the Gavotte. A bit like springing bows, and so I tried that too.
You see, I really had fun with this piece. Anybody else played this piece??