QUOTE(Orla @ Aug 5 2008, 10:51 PM)
Hoping to take grade 4 violin in November/December like Lottie but I'd better get practicing - I have spent the last few months playing for fun with not many scales or exam prep going on.
Lottie - have you decided on your pieces? At the moment I'm looking at Allegro ma non troppo - it's hard but i like it - Allegro from list B and La Cumparsita for list C - haven't made much headway with any of them yet so would appreciate some advice on any alternatives that might be good options!!
Hi there Orla
Yes I've been the same: just playing for fun for the last few months.
I don't really like any of the 'A' pieces
The English Dance is too repetitive for me. I quite like the Allegro ma non troppo but I keep playing it like a modern piece and not one from the 1700s
I would really like to be able to play the Andante Cantabile but my bowing is just not good enough to make it sound properly controlled. When term and lessons start again my teacher is going to look out something from the alternative list to try.
I love all three 'B' list pieces so am learning them all. At the moment I think my favourite is the Russian Fantasy but I really like the Valse Lente too... especially the harmonics
It feels like a 'real' violin piece instead of just beginners music
The 'C' pieces are okay. I can't play La Cumparsita because my fingers are too short to play third position on the G string very well. It might improve with time but just now my intonation is dodgy in that piece. I like Clockwork Doll (I like Shostakovich) but I doubt I'd be able to pull it off in an exam without my E string squeaking. So that leaves Slow Fox which is allright. I might look at the alternatives to this list too.
Scales... well, apart from a couple to warm up I haven't played any really
Sometimes I like scales but just now I don't and keep finding excuses to avoid them!