Why Should I Learn An Easy Student Concerto?
Really....why? Why should I learn an easy violin concerto?
My teacher keeps telling me: 'Max, you need to practice a student concerto too, beside scales, etudes and Star Wars! Oskar Rieding, Ferdinand Küchler, Fritz Seitz, Leo Portnoff wrote exciting concertos and concertinos for the violin. You will enjoy playing them and learn a lot! They have beautiful melodies and with every new concerto you will learn new skills.'
OK....I replied. I started my first concertino: Ferdinand Küchler violin concertino in G, op.11. And you know what? My teacher was right! I really enjoyed playing this concertino and I did learn a lot!
The concertino is super cool. I love especially the 2nd melody in the first movement, really beautiful but at the same time have to play with my bow correctly. It's really a lesson how to play a beautiful song on the violin!
So what did I learn with my first concertino? I learnt that I will...
- improve my violin technique
- develop my musicality
- learn how to use the bow correctly
- learn to play it with the orchestra - that's a super wow!
- build my self-confidence
That's a lot, isn't it? And with each concerto new skills, new great music. Am really happy! I love the violin, and if I can become a good violinist that's pretty cool, isn't it?
Well, I'm off to my concertino, practicing now the 3rd movement of the concertino. What will I learn today?