Topic: shifting

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February 3, 2023
Shifting Perspectives

Shift up and down with the first finger - from 1st through to 4th position - to get a new, and hopefully nice and clear, perspective on things!

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January 25, 2023
Canonic Sonata III - Telemann

Telemann’s Canonic Sonatas are an absolute marvel. Both musicians play exactly the same thing, but one bar apart … and, amazingly, they still sound really nice!

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January 25, 2023
Make Shift

Make sure there’s nothing makeshift about the way you make shifts! Glide smoothly between 1st and 3rd position on each string, landing perfectly in tune every time!

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January 25, 2023
The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog

Juuuuuuump! You’ll need really agile, accurate shifting and string crossing for this exercise. If you miss, the Lazy Dog could very quickly become an Angry Dog!

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January 25, 2023
Crossing Swords

Cross swords in this epic battle between the G string and the E string in 1st and 3rd position! Which string will emerge victorious as the master of intonation?

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January 25, 2023
Étude in A minor - Farrenc

Louise Farrenc (1804-75) was a piano teacher at the Paris Conservatoire for over 30 years. Her Étude in A minor is a mysterious siciliana with lots of dotted rhythms.

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January 25, 2023
Marche Militaire

Schubert’s Three Marches Militaires were originally written for piano 4-hands (not a 4-handed pianist!). The first one is the most famous, and definitely the best!

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January 25, 2023
Le Secret - Gautier

Shhhh! It’s Le Secret! Don’t tell anyone about this delightfully sprightly sweetmeat by Léonard Gautier, also known as Intermezzo Pizzicato No. 276 and written in 1916.

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January 25, 2023
The Herd-Girls’ Sunday

This is a gorgeous, idyllic, pastoral song by the excellently named Norwegian violinist and composer, Ole Bull. Those herd-girls must be having a really lovely Sunday!

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January 25, 2023
Through the Gears

Move through the gears as you shift up and up and up on each string, from 1st position through to 6th!

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January 25, 2023
Rising Tides

The tide rises ever so slowly as you move up and up the chromatic scale to 3rd position on each string. Remember, a rising tide lifts all notes!!

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January 25, 2023
The Easy Winners

The Easy Winners is one of Scott Joplin’s most popular piano rags. The title refers to athletes who can win a sporting event with no trouble at all! Easy-peasy!

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January 25, 2023
Lament in D minor

This lilting lament is a lovely duet for two violins … it’s also great for practising string crossings, producing syncopated rhythms, and playing in 3rd position!

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January 25, 2023
The Last Shift

Nearly there, you can do it, it’s The Last Shift! This is great piece for practising 4th finger shifts, moving between 1st and 3rd position. Now, get back to work!

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January 25, 2023
Humoresque

Dvořák wrote his set of Humoresques in the summer of 1894 when he must have been in a pretty good mood! The 7th one is probably the best known and probably the best!

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January 25, 2023
Chant de Veslemøy

The Song of Veslemøy, from Halvorsen’s Suite Mosaique, is a gorgeous folk song. It’s yearning, heart-warming tune will keep you warm on a chilly Norwegian evening!

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