1 year 6 months violin progress
Today is a great day!! It’s been exactly 1 year and 6 months since I first started playing the violin! It’s been a wonderful adventure so far and it’s so much more fun than I could have imagined when I started!
Bourree by Bach
I’m very happy to be able to share my video of Bourree by Bach for my 1.5 years progress video. This is the last piece in Suzuki book 3 and I love it!! Well, honestly the first time I heard the piece I found it a bit boring. But every time I practiced the piece, I loved it more. Bourree was originally written for cello and is part of the cello suites.
Sources used to learn Bourree
This page on teachsuzukiviolin.com is very helpful to learn the piece. Actually they have an informational page for all the Suzuki pieces. I really like the technical explanation and tips for more difficult passages.
This video where Jenny Yun plays the piece is really a great example and inspiration. Amazing, I wonder when I will be able to play like her…
Something new I’ve tried while practicing this piece, is the use of a practice journal. I was used to organize my practice time pretty well already, I think. But using a practice journal for about 10 days now, showed me that I can be much more organized and focused. Wooow it’s amazing! The last 10 days I’ve been working on specific measures or difficulties I had with the piece and I was able to improve those things much more than before. In the video below Heather explains how to use the practice journal. I had seen it months ago and liked the idea. But never tried it because I thought it was too much work, I just didn’t want to write it all down. I thought I could do it just in my mind. But now that’ I’ve tried it, it makes a huge difference!!! And I will certainly keep using my practice journal!
Finished Suzuki Book 3
From now on I won’t be following the Suzuki books anymore. Or more exactly said, I will still have a look at all the pieces in the Suzuki series, but I won’t necessarily practice all of them. I realize the Suzuki books give a good idea of repertoire in order from simple to harder. So I will certainly keep that in mind, but I want to focus more on the pieces that I really like to play and not be obligated to play an entire book. I will just skip the other pieces. And who knows, maybe some day I will practice them anyway. But now my next project is the Vivaldi Concerto in A minor with 3 movements, that can be found in book 4 and 5. I’m so very excited to get started with this concerto!