A few years ago I first picked up a viola for a concert I played with Akiko Ishikawa.
We decided we wanted to play the Pasacaglia by Halvorsen … I found playing the
viola was like looking through a magnifying glass at all little tensions you get
used to, only now it hurts much sooner. I started practicing my violin repertoire
on the viola from then on, for two reasons: after learning repertoire on the viola
I was far more relaxed when playing on the violin and I found some issues my students
struggled with came from the size of the instrument. Proportionally a childs violin
is far bigger than it is for most adults and I looked and found a lot of solutions
to help out my students.
Now the rehearsal room at my shop is finished I really want to get started with doing
some practice manuals for violin and viola. However I do have the problem that I
am a complete novice when it comes to film and sound editing. Also I only ever played
violin repertoire on the viola, so here is my challenge for this and probably the
next few months. I am going to learn the 6 cello suites from Bach on the viola,
record them and bit by bit experiment with both Logic Pro and Final Cut Pro. I will
try to keep you informed on what changes I made and what the consequences of those
As my first video I am posting an unedited play through of the first suite after
a week’s practice in my free time. There is a small cut before the 3rd movement
already as I started that movement way too slow. Have a look, and all advice/criticism
is more than welcome.