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Violin Lessons: Smetana - Bartered Bride Overture, opening - Reh. C

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The Smetana Bartered Bride
overture is another control excerpt.
It requires an aggressive sound at the
beginning and, and accurate rhythm,
but the bulk of it is a quieter repeated
eighth note off the string-type excerpt.
It requires really great coordination
though between the two hands and
there are a few string crossings to
Overall, it's a pretty basic,
straightforward excerpt.
Let's get the beginning sound.
So, because the rhythm is the,
at least when you play the violin part by
the rhythm is not written in a way that's
very easy to feel the pulse.
So you have to feel the beat very strongly
on all these ties so
that the committee isn't surprised when
you get to separate eighths.
So you should think ahead to the separate
eighths when you're going to start it.
You'll want to look carefully
where the accents on the sforzandos are
There are accents on so many notes, but
the sforzandos should be real sforzandos,
and they should be right where they're
Now, after rehearsal B, when that figure
comes back.
There's a sudden change to piano and I
like to switch positions there.
So that I'm on the first finger,
second position for the start of the
Now, in the upcoming section, the bulk of
the except.
I happen to like more string crossings
rather than fewer.
I think it gives me good articulation.
As long as you can make the string
crossings cleanly.
So for example.
I don't mind the open A strings there.
It would be possible to finger it on the D
I find that I just play it cleaner with
the string crossings and I like the
articulation that gives me.
Now the string crossings that happen after
there's really no great way to avoid them.
So those have to be clean.
And those can be done with the wrist since
it's just alternating between two strings.
So you have to use your ear very carefully
make sure that you're getting a clean
sound on all those notes, and
that you're not favoring either the D or
the A string on those crossings.