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Topic: Chopin Prelude No.7 Q  (Read 3939 times)

Offline steve jones

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Chopin Prelude No.7 Q
on: October 08, 2005, 11:08:22 PM

Hi all,

Just been looking through some of the Preludes that are around my level. Started No.6, very nice little piece. But I also wanted to do No.6. Problem is Im a little confused about something:

Towards the end there is a particularly rough chord in the treble. It goes A#, C#, E, A#, C#. I can reach the tenth easy enough, but I cant fill in the inner voices of the chord. However, on the music there is a bracket by the bottom notes with a '1' in it. I assume this is specifying the fingering, but I dont get what the bracket is about.

Could someone explain this chord and notation to me? Im wondering whether there is some other excepted way to play this chord that I am not yet aware of. Other than that, I would probably omit a note (it doesnt seem right to arpegitate this one to me).


Steve J
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Re: Chopin Prelude No.7 Q
Reply #1 on: October 09, 2005, 05:57:38 AM

Well, it looks a little tricky. I don't play this piece, but I'm guessing that you have to play the A# and C# with your thumb. The only way I could play the chord in question was to lay my thumb flat, play the A# with the tip and the C# between the first and second knuckle on the thumb.


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Offline quantum

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Re: Chopin Prelude No.7 Q
Reply #2 on: October 09, 2005, 10:32:08 AM
allthumbs is correct, the bracket means play both keys with your thumb. 

Another option is to roll the chord. 
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Re: Chopin Prelude No.7 Q
Reply #3 on: October 25, 2018, 01:47:46 PM
Steve, I am a novice player so please take what I say with a grain of salt, but I can play this chord two different ways. Either with the thumb of my R hand (1) playing the low a# and c#, or with the pinky of my R hand (5) playing the high a# and c#. I can't use all five fingers on this chord or my hand breaks in two. I hope this helps. Power to the People! - R :P
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