Day 8 of #ALickADay : The more I listen back to this lick the more I like it. I'm beginning to stray a bit from conventional harmony and am slowly incorporating more modal harmonies and chromaticism into my daily improvisations. Improvement and musical growth - that's the goal!
My cellist daughter (9yrs) started this piece. Oh how my heart cries every time we practice ❤ I think the story of this piece is so tragic. Finnish composer Armas Järnefelt wrote this that same night when his first marriage ended to his wife Maikki Järnefelt. He realized that he was all alone to raise his daughter Eva. So there he sat beside her beautiful daugter with tears in his eyes. And suddenly this beautiful melancholic music "Berceuse" started to come to him just like if it was coming from heaven. He got the piece ready that same night. We normaly play this piece at funerals. #cello#music#armasjärnefelt#finnishcomposer#practicemakesperfect#berceuse#violin#violinist#violinteacher
Left hand pizzicato! Check out #chloesviolinlessons for more tips and tricks! Left hand pizzicato seems like a pretty advanced technique, but I personally believe it is something that should be practiced from the very start of learning the instrument. You need a considerable amount of finger strength to be able to pluck the strings with your left hand, especially if you are trying to pluck a fingered note. This finger strength can be built up with regular practice starting with open strings. Begin with your fourth finger because it is the furthest away from the nut - place the fleshy part of your finger to the left of whichever string you’ve chosen (A or E is easiest to start). Feel the pad of your finger grab the string and begin pulling the string to the right (your finger should be curling as you do this, not staying flat) - try to hold on to the string as long as you can before releasing (obviously don’t pull it so hard that the string is cutting into your finger - each person’s hands and string height is different so the difficulty of this technique varies person to person). Pluck the string as loudly and clearly as you can and repeat. As you get more comfortable you can increase the speed but always place your finger precisely on the string where you will be able to pluck it best - don’t get sloppy! At the same time, if you feel any sort of strain in your finger you need to rest. Don’t practice left hand pizz for more than 3-5 minutes at a time when first starting. After you’ve tried this with your fourth finger on all four strings try the same thing with third finger. You will probably feel like you can pull the string “up” a bit more with the third finger than the fourth, this is because your third finger is longer. Experiment with pulling the string at different angles and find what sounds best. Second finger becomes challenging because the finger is so close to the nut and the strings are very close to the fingerboard, but it is easier in higher positions. You can also try plucking with first though you may need to do this in third position. Second half of post continued in the first comment so click below and read more! 😁