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Violin Lessons: Kreutzer 29

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[MUSIC].
Kreutzer 29 is a wonderful etude.
It's musica,l but
it sometimes feels a little bit like a
Slinky that just won't stay in your hands.
It, it won't do what you want it to do.
The challenge here is the evenness of the
notes,
which is made very difficult by the string
crossings.
And it would be one thing if the crossings
were even, like in the etude.
[MUSIC].
Following the same patterns where your arm
can predict.
The problem here in 29 is that the
patterns are always changing.
And so your ear is your tool to really
hear if you're even,
and your ear must be very specific.
If you hear unevenness, you have to know
between what two notes and
between what two bows.
[MUSIC].
You also want to know exactly what level
your arm is on at all times.
And remember there, there aren't just four
levels, G,D, A and E,
there are the in-between levels.
[MUSIC].
Remember that the wrist is great at moving
between two adjacent strings.
The wrist is not great at moving further
distances than that.
So, your arm should anticipate the
movements that it needs to make.
Is it moving to a certain string?
Is it moving between two strings?
And then, does the wrist get to take over
at that point, or
does the arm have to move back somewhere?
[MUSIC].
Those whole first two bars can be played
with one arm level.
That's the arm level in between A and D.
[MUSIC].
As I speed it up, I hear a little
unevenness there.
So what I'd like to do is use dotted
rhythms to help even that out.
[MUSIC].
Now my wrist is doing all the work there
because I'm just on two adjacent strings.
I wanna make those dotted rhythms as tight
as possible.
Now I do the opposite.
[MUSIC].
And hopefully, when I put it back together
it's gonna be even.
[MUSIC].
Now, here in third bar, we have to go to
the E string, so,
arm on the, this level,
[MUSIC]
is not really gonna work anymore.
I'm gonna have to get my arm to a level
between the A and E strings.
[SOUND] If I start from the second bar on
the up-bow.
[MUSIC].
During the time I'm on the A string
[MUSIC]
my arm level goes to the A and
E level from the D and A level to the A
and E level.
[MUSIC].
Then by the end of the bar it's gotta get
back to the A and D level.
So, what you're after is very smooth arm
motions,
very smooth wrist motions, of course, and
extremely even notes.
It's gonna take a critical ear and a lot
of listening, and
hopefully some fun fixes on your part to
even this one out.
[MUSIC]