domenica 27 maggio 2018

Un piccolo concerto.

Un piccolo concerto is a little concert or gig.
I'm off to Newtown this evening suonare il mio violino in un piccolo concerto.

This is the place.

The plan is to play two solo violin pieces - originals that I wrote.
They are called Nefanie and The Immigrants.
I originally wrote Nefanie for the double bass many years ago and I think that I've only ever played it once in public. The name comes from what my daughter (Stephanie) called herself when she was a toddler. One cold morning, when she was in her early teens, I was practising this tune in the living room. She came out of her bedroom and huddled by the heater.
I seized the moment and said, "I wrote this piece for you."
She was quiet for a while and then she gave a considered reply, "One of these mornings, if you don't shut up, sonebody's going to break that bass."


True story.
So why am I playing the violin and not the double bass? Simple -  the violin is easier to carry.
It's also a fun instrument to play and playing solo is a bit of a challenge. I've worked a lot on my tone and vibrato lately and am looking forward to the challenge. My playing is in the jazz style - I use a lot of improvisation, but I have some important tools:
  • I always make sure that I know the chord progression back to front because this is what gives shape to what is going on.
  • I have different ways of playing over the chords  - chords, arpeggios, varying textures and a few other little tricks.
  • I try to make the tune stand out.
Nefanie is a slowish piece that relies on tone and a wide vibrato. The Immigrants is faster but I generally use a rubato intro and / or outro. I like to have a bit of fun with that tune.

My long term plan is to have 24 solo violin tunes that are up to speed. That would give me enough tunes to play solo (with no music) in a restaurant for two solid hours. If people liked my playing, then maybe I could get a gig for the Testore Trio.
I'm not very good at getting gigs. Maybe I should have worked on that skill first?

14 commenti:

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

There are plenty of supermarkets around.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

There are plenty of car sales lots too.

Twisted Scottish Bastard ha detto...

What?

You play the violin and the double bass?

Who would have guessed.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Not at the same time.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Cold night - stayed home tonight.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

I don't blame you.
It's cold up here as well.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Sleep well Robert, TC, TSB and everybody else. Let's be nice to each other.

Twisted Scottish Bastard ha detto...

Be NICE?
Where's the fun in that.

Richard, I've heard that you actually volunteered to go back to Nuova Lazio High School for a full month, teachingPE.



Please tell me this is not true.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

It's a sad story. I didn't really volunteer. I was asked by TEB and he's such a nice guy. (Un)fortunately I got a really bad dose of the flu and missed the last week and a bit. At Roma Scuola delle Ragazze today. Easy work.

THE CURMUDGEON ha detto...

Hope that you are coming right at last.
I've been fortunate in not experiencing Flu. It sounds awful.

I mentioned you in may latest Post just to cheer you up.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

Good advertising on my site.

Twisted Scottish Bastard ha detto...

Sorry to hear that Richard.
Glad you're better.
Did you know that if you have contracted to do relief and fall sick, you may well be entitled to sick pay?

Go on, tell TEB (I think I know to whom you refer) and watch him go white with fear.

Richard (of RBB) ha detto...

But I only have about a year of sick pay left and don't want to use it all up!

Twisted Scottish Bastard ha detto...

Ha Ha Ha