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Strauss 'Blue Danube' Single Note Melody Pizzicato

 

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Strauss 'The Blue Danube' Waltz Theme

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In this lesson I play a variation on the piece. Instead of a full chords & melody version, I play the single note melody with a pizzicato technique. This amounts to plucking the notes lightly while slightly palm muting with the right hand.

The idea here is to provide a dynamic variation on playing the piece. In particular the pizzicato technique is a way of imitating the violin orchestras of Strauss's time. Often when pieces like this waltz were played, the piece was repeated many, many times in order to give people a chance to dance for a long time. In order to keep it interesting, the piece could be repeated with variations.

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