How to Practice Dynamics in Legato with guest teacher Vivien Hoffman | Violin Lounge TV #351
Using the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s Spring sonata, Vivien helps you improve your tone
and practice dynamics in legato with Ševčík’s 40 variations
To express yourself in slow movements like in Beethoven’s spring sonata, you need a good bow control
When you perform you want to feel and express the music and not be occupied by how to technically do stuff
By practicing the theme of Ševčík’s 40 variations with different dynamics in a slow tempo, you’ll improve your tone production a lot. You’ll really master the technique instead of just a couple of notes.
Bow control exercises you can do are:
- down bow crescendo and up bow decrescendo
- start forte, decrescendo on the down bow and crescendo on the up bow
- start piano, crescendo on each bow stroke and subito piano for next stroke
- start forte, decrescendo on each bow stroke
The slower you practice, the more bow control you need and the more difficult it gets!
Use your creativity to create more dynamical exercises for yourself. Keep challenging yourself to go slower and slower.
Practicing bow technique separately frees you up to focus on the music
Vivien and I would love to coach you on bowing technique, so you can play the music you love beautifully. Check out the possibilities right here!