Difficulty with reviewing with CD

Emmy said: Jan 1, 2015
 9 posts

Hi, my 6 year old son has been learning Suzuki violin for about 6 months, and he is currently working on Gavotte on Book 1. We are having some problems when we are reviewing Allegretto and Andantino with CD by David Cerone or William Preucil. My son cannot get the hang of parts where it slows down (ritardando), and then picks up again (a tempo) with both pieces when he plays with CD by either David Cerone’s or William Preucil’s. It is definitely bit too fast for him as well as he cannot get the timing of entering back into the regular tempo. (therefore, it is kind of disastrous toward the end, and he gets upset ) Does anyone has the same problem and was there any good way to train my son to play with these CD? He can play most of other pieces fine with these CDs. We also practice with CDs by Judy W. Bossuat-Gallic, and he can play very well with her CD’s piano accompaniment, and also when I accompany piano for him, he can play these two pieces beautifully, especially a tempo parts, we can collaborate by breathing in together so we are in sync. But we are told to review with method CD, and eventually my son has to do the graduation with those CDs, and I am kind of concerned.

Katherine said: Jan 2, 2015
Suzuki Association Member
75 posts

I am not sure this would fully address the problems you are describing, and I would definitely consult with his teacher prior to doing this, but I have used the slow downer software with my own child and some of my students and found it useful.


Danielle Kravitz said: Jan 2, 2015
Danielle KravitzInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Violin
64 posts

The slow downer is great.

But curious as to why he has to play with the CD right now? Maybe just take a break from playing those two pieces with the CD and come back to it after he’s had some time to explore new technique. He may just not be ready for that particular challenge yet.

Alice Wright said: Jan 3, 2015
Alice Wright
Suzuki Association Member
Anchorage, AK
13 posts

I’ve had students who needed visuals: the fingerings or the note names in front of them for quite a while. This assists the memory when necessary.

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Sue Hunt said: Jan 4, 2015
Sue HuntViola, Violin
403 posts

Have you tried the ABRSM SpeedShifter app? You can play the recordings at whatever speed you like without distortion. That could introduce a little variety into the proceedings.

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