Var30 – Var40

Variation 30

This whimsical, elegant variation in triplets develops Ševčík’s interest in beginning a bow stroke on the string and then finishing that bow stroke with up-bow… Read More »Variation 30

Variation 31

This variation is marked portando glissando and challenges our use of artistic sliding. Ševčík’s 40 op. 3 variations were published in 1894, a time when… Read More »Variation 31

Variation 32

This variation contrasts the on-string martelé stroke and the off-string ricochet stroke, one loud and the other played at a soft dynamic. It is useful to… Read More »Variation 32

Variation 33

This elegant variation presents differing challenges for our up and down bows.  For the up-bow notes, we need a resonant legato sound in the first… Read More »Variation 33

Variation 35

The rests in this variation (bars 1, 5, 6 and similar places), offer you an excellent chance to practice planning ahead. Prepare the left hand… Read More »Variation 35

Variation 37

Ševčík’s Variations concentrate on bowing, especially developing control over the many different styles of lifted strokes. When we learn a new skill such as up-bow… Read More »Variation 37

Variation 38

Since this variation is in triplets, the challenge for the spiccato bow-stroke is to cross from the E-string to the A-string on a down bow for beats… Read More »Variation 38

Variation 39

This variation is wonderful for developing general coordination and accuracy as well as preparing us for the many similar passages in the violin repertoire. Make… Read More »Variation 39

Variation 40

As for Variation 39, check your left-hand position, and practice the chords separately. For instance you could practice the bottom 2 notes as double stops… Read More »Variation 40

Variation 40 – Ricochet

This variant 3 of Variation 40 is a useful one to practice ricochet across all 4 strings. SEERicochet