Hi. A good way to improve passages with slurs is playing without them. Try also to check if you use too many slurs, sometimes we use too many slurs with the risk of increasing the tension more than necessary. Regards.
I don't quite understand what you mean here. I am currently working through some Brouwer studies with slurs (ie, Etude XVII, Pour les ornements). Are you suggesting that I play the piece without using the slurs? If so, how would this improve my slurs?
Steve, I believe your hand position is too far behind the neck. You will be in a better position to do a good pull-off if you bring more of your palm out in in front of the fretboard. For me, the palm-reading lines of my hand are about even with the edge of the frets and that is my mid-range default hand position. Of course, there's no such thing as a single static hand position, and don't trust me, look at the left hand position of multiple pros and verify what I'm saying is legit.SteveL123 wrote: ↑Thu Dec 14, 2017 5:03 amWhen playing pull offs, are you suppose to do the pull off as a rest stroke or is it ok to pull off as a free stroke? By rest stroke I mean the finger doing the pull off lands on the adjacent string. Free stroke the finger lands in mid air (the way I've always done it).
Here's a video of me practicing measures 11-12 BWV1001 where there's a few pull offs in 12. It took a bit of work when I was figuring out the fingerings. Can you tell me if I'm doing anything wrong? What do I need to do to improve it?
Hi. When playing with slurs you must control your movements and strength and, in some way, playing without them (not always, of course, only as one more resource of your study) it could help you to be more conscious about this aspects. Regards.daveto wrote: ↑Wed Mar 14, 2018 4:41 pmI don't quite understand what you mean here. I am currently working through some Brouwer studies with slurs (ie, Etude XVII, Pour les ornements). Are you suggesting that I play the piece without using the slurs? If so, how would this improve my slurs?
If you can clarify, I'd appreciate it - thanks.