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Violin Lessons: Bach - Concerto for Two Violins (1st Violin)

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So with my treatment of the Bach double
here, providing both solo parts for you
with piano accompaniment,
you have a number of different ways you
can go about learning this piece.
The truth is, it's important to know both
solo parts.
And the nice thing about that is they're
very similar to each other.
All the patterns are the same, just the
notes are different,
[LAUGH] and when you play them is
But it's great to be able to play with
another violinist,
whether that's someone in the same room
with you or me on these recordings.
Because what you'll notice is, coming off
those ties can often feel, you're
gonna feel a little bit rushed often
[LAUGH] when you're holding those notes.
If you don't get right off those ties,
you're going to be late to the next eighth
note that's coming in.
And similarly, when you're playing
eighths, you may,
depending on your tendencies, you may find
yourself getting ahead of the sixteenths
in the other part or behind them.
And so playing with that other part will
help you correct that.
When you're playing sixteenths, most
people's tendency is to rush a little bit.
So hearing the eighths in the other part
are going to help hold you, hold you back.
So, the first challenge is simply getting
it together with the other solo part,
because even an experienced player like
my rhythm is going to be slightly
different than a metronome's rhythm.
It's just going to feel different.
So you can certainly practice with a
metronome and
get it very steady that way, and then go
to the similar but
slightly different experience of playing
it with other musicians.
So I encourage you to start by learning
one of the parts,
it really doesn't matter which one, and
practice it with a metronome.
Try and figure out what your tendencies
are, in terms of getting behind or ahead.
And then to play it with the accompaniment
of the piano and
the other solo part to see how well you
can match up.
Especially with those ties.
And of course, sound and pitch will come
into it as well, because you
can gauge your pitch by how that matches
up with the other two parts as well.
And I'm happy to hear,
I'm happy to have you submit either solo
part to me for a video exchange,
because there slightly different problems
you can work on in, in those two parts.
And I wish you lots of good fun with this
The whole piece is wonderful, but the
first movement is the most famous,
and it's a lot of fun to play with all
three parts together.