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Offline hazypurple21

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continuity
on: July 08, 2005, 06:09:12 PM
I've been working on Chopin's Military Polonaise for a few weeks now, and I don't find it to be all that technically difficult. Instead, the major problem I'm having with it is gaining continuity. Even the parts I have memorized are tough to play without pausing, especially the parts with the big chords. Any advice?
"There is one god-Bach-and Mendelssohn is his prophet."

Offline bernhard

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Re: continuity
Reply #1 on: July 08, 2005, 09:52:03 PM
Yes. Repeated note groups.

Have a look here:

https://pianoforum.net/smf/index.php/topic,1867.msg14268.html#msg14268
(Getting technique from pieces – several important tricks: hand memory, dropping notes, repeated note-groups)

https://pianoforum.net/smf/index.php/topic,2449.msg21204.html#msg21204
(repeated note-groups as a way to tackle Czerny op. 740 no. 2)

https://pianoforum.net/smf/index.php/topic,3064.msg26866.html#msg26866
(Repeated note-groups applied to Gottschalk)

You can also try working on it "back to front”:

https://www.pianoforum.net/smf/index.php/topic,9540.msg96795.html#msg96795
(learning a piece back to front)

And this thread deals with the Polonaise (reply #43):

https://pianoforum.net/smf/index.php/topic,3039.msg26525.html#msg26525
(how big are your hands, and does it matter?  7 x 20 minutes – exercise/activities to strengthen the playing apparatus – ways to deal with wide chords – the myth that Richter was self-taught – 3 stages of learning – Example: Chopin military Polonaise - scientific principles for testing practice methods – Example: Prelude in F#m from WTC1 – when to join hands and why HS – practice is improvement – the principle of “easy” – Example: Chopin’s ballade no. 4 – repeated groups).

Best wishes,
Bernhard.
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