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Offline hazypurple21

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Fugue-in sync
on: July 10, 2005, 04:12:52 PM
I'm trying to wrap up my first fugue, and the main problem I'm having is getting both of my hands to be in sync with eachother. It's not like I'm dropping a lot of notes or anything like that. It's just that sometiems one hands falls behind or gets ahead of the other. Any suggestions?
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Offline jeremyjchilds

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Re: Fugue-in sync
Reply #1 on: July 10, 2005, 05:15:05 PM
I woulden't worry too much... that is a problem that almost everyone has and it comes out in different ways.

For me, it was fugues,and my seperated scales..

I overcame that technical problem by a lot of hard work.

You are going to have to think of it as an investment. This is just a technical problem that needs to be overcome. If you were to allow yourself about 25 hours to practice this specific problem over a month, I bet that would make a big difference.

you are going to have to be very methodical. Start with a speed on the metronome that is very very very comfortable. play the fugue like a robot (for now) at that speed (or at least the sections that fall apart) untill you can play it 3x in a row perfectly. When that it possible, then move the metronome up (usually 5 clicks) Keep going untill you can go 3x perfectly. and so on

Inevitably you will reach the point where you cannot go any faster and no matter how much you practice, you don't get any better. When that happens, Find the ones in each measure and weight them more than the other notes (just for now...remember, this is practice, not performance) ONE-and-two-and-three-and-four-and-ONE etc. this should hold things together more. Pretend you are a conductor and are dropping your hands down onto the keyboard for these "signpost points" If that is not enough, then accent the other strong beats in the measure (threes in most simple time, and the first of each group in compound time)

Another thing to do when the going gets tough is to play in a light staccatto. This will make it painfully obvious where the problems are, and you will be suprised how easily you will be able to revert back to legato at the end.

Don't practice this one thing for more than  30 minutees at a time, but remember to be dilligent. Once you hae this skill, you usually have it (unless subsequent examples of this technical problem are much more difficult)

Good luck
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