Teacher has been gently encouraging me to really hone in on vibrato. Of course I’ve been working it for a while, but the recent encouragement is doing me some good. I feel I’ve made some great progress in only two weeks or so, which is rewarding. I feel I’m on the verge of “getting it,” so to speak, though where vibrato is concerned “getting it” is much more a process than a switch. It’s starting to come more naturally, and I’m beginning to apply it on notes of shorter and shorter durations. I try to keep a continual focus on the technique as I’m practicing, never letting it out of my sights.
Double stops, too, are coming along – this double stop bonanza in my newest Seitz concerto is obviously in the Suzuki repertoire for that express purpose. Prior to this 20+ measure stretch, the most Suzuki includes is a couple of notes in isolation and one moment in another of the Seitz pieces with two measures in a row. And those prior double stops do not require extreme finger contortions. In last week’s lesson, Teacher played the whole movement through with me as a duet – we went relatively slowly. I did get hung up once in the double stop section, but otherwise it went quite well and was a lot of fun!
Today is also going to be a lot of fun – we’re heading to see the great Itzhak Perlman over at the opera house for a matinee recital. It’s hard to believe the day is finally here; we’ve had these tickets since last July! The program promises Vivaldi, Beethoven, Schumann, and Ravel. Palpitations.
Thanks for reading.
Have a GREAT time at the concert! I’m jealous that you get to see so many great soloists!
It’s helpful to me to realize that vibrato and double stops aren’t only difficult for me, too.