QUOTE(AntonPiano @ Oct 18 2011, 01:50 AM)
After a 4 year hiatus, I've decided to take the Viola back up. The last time I played any strings was my Grade 6 Violin exam in my last year at Secondary School!
Think I'm going to try to get my Grade 8 Viola under my belt - BRAVE DECISION RIGHT?! I have to admit I'm pleasantly surprised by the Scales requirements (unless I'm reading it wrong?) expecting some absolute horrors. Don't get me wrong, they are no easy task, but after 4 years break it doesn't seem like too much of a shock to the system.
What I would like now is a little guidance and your opinions on the new syllabus pieces. Let them flow! Also, I need a little guidance on buying a Viola. I'm a Student with a small budget, so I'm limited, hence to need for some help.
Thank you! It's great to be back
Welcome back to viola-land! I can't really help with thoughts on the Grade 8 syllabus because I'm only at Grade 4 but anything BACH is a brilliant idea in my books
(I do love Bach
As for buying a viola - it's a common question on the Strings forum here and there are usually a couple of answers. One is to visit your local violin shop and ask to try things in your budget - even if it's a small budget they may have something you like the sound of. The second idea is the 'Gliga' range from www.elidatrading.co.uk These are very well made instruments and if you call Liz from Elida she is wonderfully helpful and can give you all the information about the instruments. The Gliga range seem to be better for build quality and quality of sound than the standard cheapish Stentors and Zellers etc.
Good luck - let us know how you get on (violas are still a bit thin on the ground in here
QUOTE(RoseRodent @ Oct 18 2011, 08:42 AM)
*Head over parapet and admits to not playing forever*
My playing has made a random improvement considering I have been entirely *ahem* "Resting my pieces" (not practicing them at all!) for a few months. I'm ticking over the grade 6 pieces for my Teaching Dip, and for "real" pieces I can't decide between the ubiquitous Hoffmeister
that I was preparing at college years ago, advantage that I've already put some work into it so it's not entirely hideous. Disadvantage that all the same bits that frustrated me then are just as evil now.
Second choice is the Weber Andante e Rondo Ungarese
And the "for a laugh" choice is The Schubert 3rd movement Rondo
though I think I could take it at this speed. The CD I have the guy takes off at the speed of light
I don't really have anything to be preparing them for, so they have a bit of a tendency to just sit there and stew. Now if I could take a period diploma and avoid all that programme notes stuff... I keenly await the introduction of a "Leisure Play" style exam that goes above the grade system as there is nowhere to go for me.
Performance assessment is a nice idea, but I'm afraid I need a certificate.
Lovely feedback on my performance, really interesting comments you have there, now give me something I can put on my wall.
I don't really have many thoughts about the higher grade syllabuses but I think a 'Baroque' speciality would be a really interesting idea. Even if it were only available at just one grade (say Grade 8) I think it would be a fascinating little 'extra' to collect if you are an all-rounder but also it would be clear 'certification' alongside the standard syllabus for people who didn't want to (or can't) take the regular exam. ie. when I took my undergraduate degree in English Lit I also took courses in Business management and Economics and while I don't 'use' them as such I am glad I have that sort of knowledge in the background of what I do.
Oh and thinking of speed - one of my Grade 4 pieces is played very slowly on the CD compared to the tempo marking on the score
I don't really know what to do
I'm not a 'fast' player so I'm tempted to play it somewhere in the middle of the two speeds.