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I'm going to play "Turkish March" by W.A. Mozart Answered

So basically I just took up the challenge presented by my friend by playing "Turkish March" or...

Rondo Alla Turca
The 3rd movement from Sonata K.331

... on the violin, which is pretty challenging, considering my age. So here are my statistics of my experience on this:

Age: 13
Playing since: 6 or 7
But then: stopped for 2-3 years, therefore forgot everything
Continued: age 10-11
Determination: substantial... nah, more than enough

Experience with this kind of stuff:

I am familiar and can do the 2 little 1/16th notes before the multitude of chords of which I can't do (yet). There are about 5 pages worth of  sheet music, but only 50% is really for the violin as obviously I can't reach the bass clef part of the grand staff, therefore putting the number of measures at 132 with a time signature of 2/4.

Question: Anyone have any suggestions aside from the "no quick way of doing it" comment and the "practice + time" comments, which I see in almost all of my questions involving learning a skill / related. I just know that there is something else to this, aside from the practice, determination, stuff like that.

Oh yeah, side note, how do you do those weird chords? They don't even look like chords (I think). Notes (6th measure) are F# and A on the E string, then E-G, and lastly F-A (no sharps or flats).


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Best Answer 9 years ago

Sorry, but there really is no magic. Practice, time, and a good teacher to help you learn to direct those most effectively. The "something else" is a combination of natural aptitude (which you either have or don't), and dedication (which is the _applied_ form of determination), and patience (which it sounds like you need to work on)..

I have played multiple instruments. None of them remarkably well, but enough to establish that the learning process really is the same for all of them.

Can't advise you on the "weird chords", since I don't know the violin or the piece... but if they _are_ really two notes on the same string I would guess that they're intended to be a trill or gliss of some sort. Or they aren't on the same string after all and they're really intended to be dissonances.


Answer 9 years ago

Yeah I've just figured it out that it's for the piano, which is why there's a bass clef down there on the grand staff. It was never intended for the violin, which is why I'm gonna have to adapt a slightly slower version since the slurs indicated are kinda complex to work with.

Yeah I'm starting to agree with the "and patience (which it sounds like you need to work on).." line. You have just drilled in the final pile for my foundation, thank you.