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!
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