Day 33 of #100daysofpractice
Surprise surprise it's not Schumann!
Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major
Sometimes I like to doubt that Beethoven was a pianist because some of his chamber works are so awkward
Day 32 of #100daysofpractice
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1: Burleske
Most of this concerto fits the hand better than expected for a 20th century work, but still a few runs that I need to work the speed up on.
🔊 Four Seasons, A.Vivaldi, Winter, 1st mov
Soloist: Mari Samuelsen
What's your idea about this performance?
Day 30 of #100daysofpractice
Schumann Symphonic Etudes, op. 13: Var II
Time is precious but when things are planned correctly, anything can be done. I'm a bit behind my schedule, but I'm giving myself this week to learn the 3 remaining variations so I have have 3 weeks to memorize and get a solid recording of the Schumann.
🔊 Wieniawski VC No.1
Soloist: Soyoung Yoon
She is the winner of the 14th Wieniawski competition.
Actually I think she is really great and one of the best violinists,she has a great skill and very deep interpretation.
What's your idea about Soyoung Yoon?
Day 28 of #100daysofpractice
Mahler Symphony No. 5
Watched a masterclass with the legendary Gabor Tarkovi and decided to read through Mahler. It's not technically hard but the timing is crucial to a well executed performance. I'm playing on 3 different mouthpieces (V Bach 5C, Schilke 14a4a and Schilke Symphony M3). The Bach definitely sounds the best probably because I'm most used to it, and the Schilke 14 has such a shallow cup and it's meant for lead jazz trumpeters so I'm getting a thin and airy sound.
Day 27 of #100daysofpractice
Schumann Symphonic Etudes, op. 13: Finale
Finished out the finale in 3 days, largely because I love it so much. Started working on the slow etudes and I must've spent an hour on one measure which has rhythms I cannot comprehend. More to come...
Day 26 of #100daysofpractice
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, op. 38: Allegro con fuoco
It's the most amazing feeling when hard practice pays off...which rarely happens the way we want it to. I was going to accuse myself of being lazy for not practicing the fast scaley sequence more, but the notes are pretty much too fast to make out to I'm going to shoot for the top note and hope for the best 😂
This is to honor the memory of the 2,996 people who lost their lives September 11th, 2001. If this post somehow reaches a person who lost a loved one, I hope in a small way this music helps you to feel the outpouring of love and compassion from all who remember.
Working on the #fundamentals is essential for every musician. For violinists and violists, Schradieck no. 1 is one of the best exercises to develop speed, facility, and strength of the left hand. The violin is VERY difficult to play, so it's most effective to build #technique when you isolate different components, in this case the left hand. My parents and siblings have listened to this #etude numerous times, so you could imagine how annoying this would sound after hearing it almost every day for several years. The goal here is not to be musical or flashy, but to practice staying calm and releasing - not squeezing! - in both hands. In case you're wondering, my metronome is set to 160 beats per minute. My goal is to increase the speed by the end of the month to 200 bpm. (25% faster!). If you're a musician, which etudes do you practice? Or, what is your approach for developing your technique?
My violin, Frank (short for Frankenstein), is in the shop for repairs so I'm hoping he'll pull through. I'm playing a bit of a transcription for violin originally for soprano voice "Apres un rêve" by Gabriel Fauré. Translated in English "After a Dream".
And last one for the night... ice cream from #halotop tomorrow planning and grading and #joshuabell#violinist for some tranquility. I normally flood Facebook with my #backtoschool photos so this was a new and fun way to share my #ditl as a #homeschoolmom with ya. Thank you and in the words of Shakespeare, "God give you goodnight."