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Topic: Harpsichord  (Read 2136 times)

Offline amirawad

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on: September 17, 2003, 11:47:21 PM
I have a concert with a chamber orchestra , I will play on a harpsichord , I'm pianist. I found that the distance between keys on the Harpsichord are smaller than that of the Piano .
I had problems when playing arppegios , the reaosn is the difference in the distance . How can I overcome this problem ?
Second problem , when playing a key , the key stops to pluck the string and go down  while in piano you press the key and don't feel this stop in the movement of the key downwards . This caused irrugularities of quavers . how can I overcome these 2 problems ?
Thyanks , Amir Awad

Offline eddie92099

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Re: Harpsichord
Reply #1 on: September 18, 2003, 12:53:38 AM
Play a proper instrument  :D


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Re: Harpsichord
Reply #2 on: September 18, 2003, 02:20:14 AM
The only way to overcome the problem of smaller keys is to get experience playing on harpsichord.  You're going to have to over-ride your sense of the geography of the keyboard that you've been building for years as a pianist.

As far a getting "even quavers"...  Having had to switch over to harpsichord a couple of times, I would suggest using a very firm attack.  You don't have to worry about dynamics, so you might as well play everything at a "forte" strength.  That way you won't be nearly as aware of the plucking mechanism.

I'm sure harpsichordists would object to using that technique...  But, as a pianist that just needs to play harpsichord every once and a while, I think you can get away with a less-than-ideal approach.

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Re: Harpsichord
Reply #3 on: September 18, 2003, 12:46:34 PM
Is the harpsichord you'll be playing on one where the black and white of the keys is inverted? that can be really disorientating for a little while ;D

i agree with debussy_lover about playing "forte" to overcome the stopping/plucking sensation of the keys, but i just wanna add that it'd be a good idea to also have a quick and light finger action (i.e. not pressing hard and deep down into the keybed), so that you hit as few wrong notes as possible, if any :D

good luck and have fun :)

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