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Violin Lessons: Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Haydn Var. 5, opening - Reh H

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[MUSIC]
The Fifth Variation on a Theme
of Haydn is a tricky little one.
But most of the problems can be solved
when you start everything from
the string and when you keep it close to
the string for the whole variation.
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Once you release the slur,
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you wanna release it to the exact
height that you like to bounce.
Many people have problems if they're
either not
releasing the slur at all,
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or releasing the bow too high.
But if you can release it to the exact
amount.
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Then you're able to repeat it over and
over at any tempo.
You must count the rests in this
variation.
It's a, it's a quick tempo variation.
So it's tempting just to count bars, but
it's, it's really great to have the eighth
notes running through your head anytime
there's a rest.
These sforzandos and fortes that are in
there should be moderate.
This, this is generally a light and a, and
a quieter variation.
So most things are within piano, with just
a couple exceptions.
One technique I like to use to practice
something like this is simply to practice
it forte or at a, at a more comfortable
dynamic at least to get the stroke,
to get the sound and the character.
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So now I have a baseline amount of
bow that I'm using for what I would call a
forte.
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And as usual to play quieter,
I'll just use less bow.
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So there you can see that the,
the kind of sound, the kind of
articulation
doesn't really change but the dynamic
does.
That's what varying the bow amount will do
for you.
So when it's time to make that subito
pianissimo,
it's that moment that I simply use less
bow.
I, I don't try and suddenly lighten the
bow.
I don't try and suddenly take it off the
string more.
That can be dangerous and can lead to
unsteadiness.
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And remember,
when you're releasing the slur to the
proper height,
then you don't have to make the extra
effort to,
to change anything about where you are
from the string.
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