What are your difficult passages?

Hey Everyone, Let's talk about difficult passages.

 

What are you playing this week that is making you sweat and work hard?

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  • Rach Sonata 2 (1931) 3rd mvmt Presto up to the beginning of the cascade (which looks hard but isn't so bad). I can do separate hands but coordinating both hands at tempo is very difficult for me especially the four RH runs which are 3-2 with the left hand.

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  • Chopin nocturne d flat. The lengthy fioritura. 

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    • Hazel
    • Hazel
    • 3 mths ago
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    I started the aeolian harp etude by chopin. I鈥檓 finding it quite tough.  Although I鈥檓 using lots of arm and wrist movement it still feels like my hands and fingers are stretched and tense. I have quite small hands and short stubby fingers 馃

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    • Ted
    • Ted
    • 3 mths ago
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    Hommage a Rameau.  Not the showy bits.  Just these three escalating chords.  There just seems to be no way to play them without disrupting the surface of the pond. 

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    • aliceyip
    • aliceyip
    • 3 mths ago
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    Liszt Spanish Rhapsody Difficulties 
    (1) In the Molto vivace section, I found the Interlocking octaves challenging to play evenly (wrist relaxation) and without missing notes. When try to play leapings and switching between Staccatissmo and marcato, l tend to rush after the chords.
    (2)  I found the Arpeggio Octaves both similar and contrary motion difficult to play (wrist relaxation) and challenging to play evenly and without missing notes. 
    (3)  I found the wide leaps with left hand leaps in contrary motion difficult to play them accurately.
    (4)  P.12 - P.13 Semiquaver triplets (Wrist moving), Accuracy and relaxation, coordination with left hand chords
    (5)  P.15 and P.18 - P.19 Double notes with single notes (Wrist moving), I have adpoted your suggested fingerings and allocated some notes to the left hand.  It definitely helps ease the burden a lot :). However, I tend to build up tensions when I play the whole passage and it  becomes difficult to maintain coordination(and to not miss notes).

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    • Denise
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    • Denise
    • 3 mths ago
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    I just started Schubert鈥檚 Impromptu Op 142 No. 3 - Theme is coming along鈥 but I am sure鈥 I will be acquiring more grey hairs鈥 so far in the them there is only one measure that is giving my fingers a work out, but it鈥檚 been one day. I can鈥檛 wait to get to the minor variation鈥 IF I can ever get it under my fingers. GOALS! Gotta have them!!

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      • Gail Starr
      • Recently retired MBA (international consumer products/luxury goods/classical music mgt.)
      • Gail_Starr
      • 3 mths ago
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      Denise I am working on this also for a concert on May 16!   Message me & I'll give you my phone # so we can commiserate.  (Or chat happily if you've already nailed all the variations!).  i started it for our Schubert month, but never got around to learning it all due to an illness in the family.  Or DM me on FB.

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      • Denise
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      • Denise
      • 3 mths ago
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      Gail Starr Thank you! I have not nailed much.  I can play through the theme, and just starting to get the voicing on the first variation. I do think for my level of playing it is a bit lofty, but I also trust Bren. (my teacher)  I'll look you up on FB. I am Denise Rene there. :-)

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  • Here, it's memorizing Debussys preludes book 1: (...Voiles) and (...le vent dans la plaine). 

     

    Not really difficult, but so rewarding to (finally) spend time memorizing (for an exam) because I always have trouble memorizing piano music while I can sing and conduct hours of choral music as a choral singer/conductor. But now my piano small grey cells are growing and this is very motivating for me!!

     

    Difficult passage: In (...le vent dans la plaine) the E flat minor 6 downward right hand chord, and the crazy leaps in the middle of the piece - explosions! Practise slowly. 

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    • Inanc
    • Inanc
    • 3 mths ago
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    chopin etude op.25 no. 11

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  • Dominic, re trills: I listened to your webcast of August 17, 2021 on trills. Wow! A phenomenal amount of knowledge you shared! As per your suggestion, I鈥檇 like your opinion on how many trills to play per measure, starting with ms 65 of Paderewski鈥檚 Menuet, Opus 14, #1. And especially how to coordinate the left hand鈥檚 4-notes on beats 2 and 3 of measure 66, etc. Thank you. 

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