Welcome, this is Terry Ewell. Weissenborn study #45 is another expressive delight in this collection. In the video on Weissenborn study #39 (BDP # 147) I presented ways in which music can be shaped to create goals. Please review this video if you haven’t seen it yet. To express phrasing you need to alter your dynamics, vibrato, and rubato. Using divisions of the beat to shape rubato is especially vital for this study.
The rhythms in the last measure of line 3 require special attention. It is very important that you keep up the eighth-note divisions in order to properly perform the measure. Let’s practice this slowly by setting the metronome to eighth notes values.
I use an alternate fingering for Eb3 in this measure. It is the trill fingering.
Have you heard of a hemiola? The third to last measure sets up pairs of eighth notes which imposed a meter with divisions of two instead of the divisions of three. This is a great example of a hemiola.
Be sure to hold the last note to the end. Don’t end the note too early.
This is a great study in which to employ other practice methods. Norman Herzberg presented to me years ago a method of practice which is a reduction of the fine collection of studies written by Simon Kovar. You can pick any three, four, or more notes for practicing in this way.
Let’s take the three notes at the end of the second complete measure.
Practice these three notes in various patterns at different speeds.
It is especially important to match the timbre or sound quality of adjacent notes. I am grateful to Frank Morelli for this practice suggestion. Let’s take the same three notes and concentrate on timbre and smooth connections. I find that the connection between Ab3 and Bb3 is especially difficult. There needs to be precise and swift movements of the fingers to minimize the break between the notes.
For instance, I find the pitch of Bb to be lower than Ab (when compared to equal temperament). So I need to make an adjustment for these notes to be in tune. Also Bb is a note with less resonance so I also need to adjust for greater resonance.
I’ve mentioned in prior videos that you can adjust timbre by means of the embouchure position on the reed. This is not something to do here! You don’t have time to move the reed inside and out of your mouth on adjacent notes, particularly at faster speeds. Instead, there will be pitch and timbre adjustments made with the tongue position. This is also known as voicing or vowels. Shifting the embouchure on the reed is something you do for a section of music. Please see examples in the video on Weissenborn Study #50, part A, BDP #158.
Drawing your attention to problems of timbre is an important first step to addressing the issue. In addition to vowel adjustments, you might also need to make adjustments to your reeds to better match the timbre of notes. Don’t get too discouraged at first. This will take years of progress and dedication on your part.
…that you may know that the LORD does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.” (NKJV, Exodus 11:7)
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (NKJV, Hebrews 11:6)
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My wife and I have faced a few difficulties in life. While living our first married years in Hong Kong our mortgage interest rate moved to over 20%. Our payments were not capped, so we had to cover this amount. Birth tests for our second child indicated that he might be born with a birth defect. We viewed his healthy birth as a gift from God. More recently my wife and I have both had various health issues. I am thankful that God makes a difference. He has listened to our needs and heard our prayers during our times of trouble.
You have heard me speak in these videos about the difference that God has made in my life. In the videos on Weissenborn 36 and 37 (BDP #144-145), I mentioned the transformation that occurred for me as a person and a musician. I think that God can make a difference in your life as well.