I'm off to Newtown this evening suonare il mio violino in un piccolo concerto.
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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."
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?