Nathan Cole's Fast Rows of Summer

Nathan Cole's Violympic Trials are off to a great start!

Yesterday (May 24th, 2021) was Day 1 of the Violympic Trials and Nathan released his brand new piece of 2021The Fast Rows of Summer to the world yesterday.

Is there anything Nathan Cole can't do? 😅

His new piece features tone rows, scordatura, left-hand pizzicato, chords, harmonics (both natural and artificial).

The scordatura (tuning down the G string a tone to an F natural) was a fun challenge.

So I wouldn't get confused, I had to write out the pitches that my fingers are more accustomed to (in the normal G tuning).

I also altered a few fingers to suit my hand.

Notably, in m. 34, I changed the B flat-D flat minor third to another 1-3 fingering as my fourth finger is so short that I have a hard time grabbing a high third so quickly.

Also, in m. 93, I changed the scale fingering to shift to the first finger on the third quarter note (E). This is how I was taught to strategically handle scales from my University of Toronto teacher, Mr. Lorand Fenyves.

Since I just started learning The Fast Rows of Summer last night (two hours before bedtime) and then recorded a bunch of takes today, it's not memorized yet. (You'll see that I had to turn my iPad page mid-way through. 😅)

Studying with Nathan in his Virtuoso Master Course has been tremendous for my playing, I have to say. Not only do I get to transfer what I've learned from Nathan to my own students but I also get to witness Nathan's flawless demonstrations of all the solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire on a regular basis. Simply amazing!

Here's my performance of Nathan's The Fast Rows of Summer (2021) recorded on May 25th, 2021 after about 2.5 hours of practice:

My practice markings and fingerings from last night:


Hope you will consider joining me after the Violympic Trials are over for my free 5-day #Paganini5Challenge!
I will be taking you through Paganini's 5th Caprice: how I strategically learn it and practice it.

Whether you're a novice or professional violinist, you can set your OWN goal: 5 notes, 5 measures, or 5 lines. It's your choice... and if you improve just 5% over the 5 days, then the Challenge will be a success!

Hope you will join me!

Register and you'll also get my #Paganini5Challenge Practice Guide and Journal as well as my practice markings, bowings, and fingerings. 😀

2 comments

  • Erik
    Erik Melbourne Australia
    Wonderful as always Lynn. Fantastic playing after almost no time with the piece and what a great composition by Nathan. Love the rugged coastline at the end. Is that the view from your house? Look forward to your Paganini workout!

    Wonderful as always Lynn. Fantastic playing after almost no time with the piece and what a great composition by Nathan. Love the rugged coastline at the end. Is that the view from your house?

    Look forward to your Paganini workout!

  • Lynn Kuo
    Lynn Kuo
    Aww, thanks so much Erik! And you watched until the very end! And yes, I can definitely see the Atlantic ocean from the back of the house. That particular view that I slipped into the video is from a hike just 10 minutes from my door. :) Pretty, right?

    Aww, thanks so much Erik! And you watched until the very end!

    And yes, I can definitely see the Atlantic ocean from the back of the house. That particular view that I slipped into the video is from a hike just 10 minutes from my door. smile Pretty, right?

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