Gavotte in D Major - Suzuki book 3

Gavotte in D Major by Bach

Gavotte in D Major is actually a combination of two gavottes. Originally it wasn’t written for violin solo. Here is a version with the original instruments. It gives a better idea of the emotions it’s supposed to transmit.

Gavotte in D Major: challenges

The Gavotte in D Major is good to focus on grace notes, trills and double stops. It also has several staccato parts and plenty of room for vibrato. However I didn’t do much vibrato. Honestly, I didn’t like the piece that much. The first days I liked it, then I got bored with it. So I didn’t practice it for a long time. I think this is the last time I will practice a piece that I don’t really like. I just wanted to play the entire Suzuki book 3 and so I had to do this one too. In the future I’m not going to study whole books anymore. I will still follow several books, but if I don’t like a piece, I will just skip it. It’s not very helpful for my progress to practice a piece that I don’t really love. Because then I’m not very motivated…

My recording

That said, here is my recording of the piece, not completely polished, but good enough to show to anybody out there who wants to see it ;-)

Sources used to learn Gavotte in D Major

The article on dedicated to this piece, has very interesting information. It says the piece is easy… which actually I don’t find that easy. It’s true the notes may be easy. But I still have troubles with staccato and there is plenty of staccato in this piece. Also I had to practice the double stops a lot to make them not sound scratchy. If one wants to play this piece with the trills and vibrato, without squeaks etc, I don’t think it’s that easy. But sure, it’s not very complicated. ;-)

This video was also an inspiration for me to get more familiar with the rhythm of this piece. I think this girl plays beautifully!!

4 thoughts on “Gavotte in D Major by Bach – Suzuki book 3

  1. You have improved so much since I last listened to something you played! I love your trills and your intonation was pretty good in this piece. And the double stops as well!
    I also don’t like this piece that much…XD But I also want to practice the suzuki books at some point. Still in book one because I haven’t continued with it yet. I think Suzuki uses a lot of staccato in book 1 already and those are my weak points where I’m usually stuck a bit before I consider it good enough to progress. Definitely going slowly with this, but that doesn’t hurt. XD

    1. Hi ChibiEdo, thank you so much for the nice comments!! :-) Hehe seems like many people don’t like this piece so much. ;-) Good luck with your Suzuki book project, it’s OK to take it slowly. Especially since I remember you said that you have to practice several concertos. How is that going?

      1. I have learned a lot with the concertos I have, but my skill isn’t high enough for playing in that orchestra yet so I have only one more day left where I can play with them for now. Then I’m not in the orchestra anymore. It was really awesome that I was allowed to take part for a little while. But now I can go back to working harder on etudes and technique in general and will have it easier to recognise when I might be good enough. I’m still a bit sad about the fact that I can’t play there anymore but it’s better that way I think.

        1. Hi ChibiEdo, I’m sorry that you won’t be able to play in the orchestra anymore (for now). But it’s good that you tried it, I’m sure you have learned from this experience too. And I hope you will be soon able to play with them again. Good luck focusing on the etudes and technique!!

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