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Violin Lessons: Rachmaninov - Symphony #2, 11 before Reh. 33 - 4 after Reh. 34

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[MUSIC]
In this second violin excerpt from
Rachmaninov, this is a control excerpt,
except it's mostly in forte and
fortissimo.
So you have to control the sound.
It's usually a little easier than
controlling in the piano,
but you still wanna stay within the bounds
of good sound.
And you want the notes to come out
clearly.
So the baseline stroke for this.
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Or in fortissimo, a little more bow.
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So the challenge is you want to have
the bow clearly on one string, when it's
on one string, and
then handle the string crossings and still
only ever hear one string at a time.
Now, there's room for a little bit of
grit, a little bit of noise in this one.
So it doesn't have to be as clean as, say,
the Mendelssohn Scherzo.
But you still want to pace yourself so
that you save the grit for
the, the most powerful moments.
There is an accompanying rhythm.
You switch between the, the main tune.
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That kind of steady eighth notes.
You switch between that and
an accompaniment figure that needs
strength in the rhythm.
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Now, in a more classical piece,
you might interpret that with a short
quarter note.
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But here, it's, it's more romantic.
It's heavier, so make a difference between
the quarter note and the eighth.
And the way that you cut off the quarter
note should
be informed by the character, too.
It's, it's a full quarter and abrupt
cutoff.
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That also helps control the rhythm so
that it doesn't run.
This is what often happens in this excerpt
is that the rhythm runs ahead there during
the accompanying moments.
Now, the only time you get soft is near
the end.
And then that happens pretty quickly, so
you have to shrink the bow in a hurry.
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And then expand
it back again.
The same way you do in, in other excerpts.
More bow for the more powerful dynamics
and shrink it back
horizontally, not vertically, when you
want a piano.
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