V-L Prelude No 1: 2 fingers slidy up and down bit

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JohnB
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V-L Prelude No 1: 2 fingers slidy up and down bit

Post by JohnB » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:20 pm

In Villa-Lobos Prelude No 1 there are 6 bars in the outer sections, following the third "climax" where the bass, played on the D string, moves down from D to B while two fingers of the left hand (usually 3 and 4) slide up and down on the G and E strings.

When I play these bars the bass notes (which carry the melody) end up with a great deal of slow motion, unintentional, pseudo "vibrato" as the 3 and 4 fingers move up and down the G and E strings.

How do others play this passage to minimise the effect?
Hermanos Conde 1968, Stephen Frith 2007 "Guijoso"

Julian Ward
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Re: V-L Prelude No 1: 2 fingers slidy up and down bit

Post by Julian Ward » Sun Feb 19, 2017 8:06 pm

Do you mean your finger one is doing unintentional vibrato and you don't want it to?

JohnB
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Re: V-L Prelude No 1: 2 fingers slidy up and down bit

Post by JohnB » Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:05 pm

Yes, the movement of 3 and 4 up and down a semitone inadvertantly causes the finger fretting the bass note to create a slow pseudo "vibrato". It is very evident if I play the passage with my left hand but only sound the bass note.

I guess that this effect is usually disguised by the treble notes, which most people emphasise somewhat, diverting the attention.
Hermanos Conde 1968, Stephen Frith 2007 "Guijoso"

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