Okay, let’s just step through this sensibly: Issues with Melody III

First Theme:
Don’t be hesitant with the bow on the first A on the D string, and keep your hand relaxed for the reach down for the A on the G. Don’t go flat on that A, either. Don’t crawl toward the bridge with the bow; just because the scroll hand is moving toward the bridge doesn’t mean the bow arm has to tense up, too. Make sure you don’t hit the G string too early.

Don’t hit the C string on the next measure in that C#-B-A part. Be careful with your intonation; don’t go sharp on the C# and the B!

Second Theme:
For that little thingie at the start of the second theme, think of each repeat separately: D-E-F#–A, then D-E-F#–D. Don’t go sharp on the E the second time, and don’t crawl toward the bridge with the bow. Anticipate that A at the end of the phrase better, or at least try to. Stop being surprised by it.

For the next C#-B-A, same as before — don’t go sharp on the C# and the B.

Same as the first D-E-F#–A etc., but it’s more important not to get surprised by the A since it’s followed by an identical A on the open string one up, so problems with intonation will stand out.

At the end of this theme, don’t crawl toward the bridge with the bow!

Reprise and Coda:
Anticipate the two fp‘s on the last bit.

I’ll be done with it at the end of the day, but it’s not the end of the day yet, is it? 🙂 And to be honest, I might stick with it until next weekend just for fun because I’m getting a kick out of being able to do it. Besides, I have a 4-day weekend coming up and can swap over to a new piece fairly painlessly then.

I think the next thing I’m going to get done on him is going to be geared pegs and the extended nut, just to make my life a bit easier. I’m managing with the reach now — or at least working up to it — but if I can make things a bit less stressful, I might as well.