Shifting and G Minor

My new minuet is quite challenging – as I’ve mentioned, it’s a variation on an “old” Bach minuet (in G major, that minuet is itself a part of this piece too), but the challenging part is the new one.  The new one modulates from G major – the third key Suzuki introduces, one with which I’m quite familiar – to G minor.  The thing returns to G major at the end, and the key changes are potentially lovely moments, but the G minor scale is brand new for me.  It has my fingers moving all over the place, and it’s taking some major getting used to.  These minor scales, a melodic minor, in this case, have some idiosyncrasies that make remembering how to play them difficult for me – going up is different than going down – but I’m getting there with this one at least.

And then there’s shifting positions – the G minor minuet also involves two points at which I shift into third position for a moment, then back to first.  Moving up the string impacts my tone relatively dramatically.  I have a book of practice exercises for shifting positions, but most of the work I’ve been doing from that book focuses exclusively on the G string, and where it doesn’t so far the exercises are all in C major, a decidedly different fingering challenge than G minor!

All told these 20 or so measures have given me more fits than anything I’ve played in a while, probably since that Gavotte by Mignon, which, honestly, I’m still not very happy with.  But I’m having so much fun, and I can feel what the increased difficulty level is doing for my playing – on an almost daily basis.  Overall tone improvement, for example, is just sort of coming along for the ride.

Thanks for reading.

Ryan

One comment

  1. […] quite a challenge – I’m doing all sorts of things in this piece that I’ve never done before (as I’ve mentioned, position shifting as well as this minor key and a good deal of appoggiatura I’m supposed to be […]

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