Debussy December 06, 2003, 01:08:09 AM by MagicBrowser
Hi everyone! I played Debussy's "Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum" a while ago and fell in love with it. I also listened to some of his other works (Valse Romantique, Reverie, Golliwogg's Cakewalk, and a few others) and I like them, too.
After Dr. Gradus, I learned Mozart Fantasia in D minor, and right now I'm learning Beethoven Opus 2, Number 1. So I was wondering if anyone knows any Debussy songs that are about my level that I could learn. Thanks!
first of all, this is my first message to this board. After having lurked for about two months I decided to get an account. I'm quite new to the piano but I've played flute and guitar since my childhood.
I wasn't sure whether I should try to tackle the piano on my own, because I already taught myself a lot of things in my life, but on the other hand I was afraid of ingraining bad technical habits, so I looked for a teacher. Until now I've had two lessons with him and we started to focus on the two part invention #13, which I already play almost fluently HT, and Debussy's Dr. Gradus. It's quite demanding for my level but I think it's whitin my reach and I made good progress last week.
So I tried to figure out some fingerings for the first two pages of the piece and played them during this week's lesson. My teacher stopped me in the section where the left hand has to play between the fingers of the right hand and asked me to change my fingering. I had tried to find a way to move both hands as rarely as possible to be prepared for the fast pace that the tune requires, so with the left I played e - g - e and then again c - a with the 3rd and the 2nd finger. The right hand I positioned to span 7th's so I could keep it in the same place for some time. Now, my teacher wants me to play all left hand notes with the index and span only 5th's with my right, which results in more than twice as many position changes for both hands. This doesn't look very efficient to me, but who am I to contradict...
Anyway, I'm a bit sceptic about the whole thing, so what fingering would you consider more suitable - more movement of the fingers and less of the hands or the opposite?
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