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Topic: Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu  (Read 2089 times)

Offline nridge

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Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu
on: November 16, 2003, 07:21:14 PM
I'm currently [slowly] working on Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu. My problem is that I can't put my hands together; it's very difficult for me to put the left hand triplets with the right hand sixteenth notes. I've been playing each hand separately with a metronome, and it works fine. But when I try to put them together, even slowly, I get off after the first three notes or so that the hands are together! Does anyone have any tips? Thanks!

-Nicole
-Nicole

Offline Hmoll

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Re: Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu
Reply #1 on: November 17, 2003, 03:23:28 AM
Do a search here because there is a lot of discussion here about that piece, due to it's popularity.
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Offline Sherif_Gaafar

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Re: Chopin's Fantasie-Impromptu
Reply #2 on: November 27, 2003, 12:40:43 AM
Most things in the piano are like improving at tennis - you just gradually get better with practice. But mastering the 4/3 rhythm is more like juggling. It seems impossible, you keep trying, it still seems impossible, and then suddenly it clicks and it's very easy. I still remember the evening when this happened (and it was with this same piece). However, there is some ground-work you can do to make it easier:
Ok this is what I did. I used Octamed (an old Amiga music composing package) to play two notes a third a part with one voice playing triplets and the other playing quadruplets repeatedly. I could speed this up, slow it down, and generally get a feel for how the rhythm sounds. Then I tried it slowly at the keyboard, just with two notes. Then I tried it on the piece slowly. Then I sped it up...
If you don't have a computer, then split up the beat into 12ths on paper and slowly work out how the rhythm would sound, with just two notes, and continue as above. Trust me, I thought it was impossible as well, and I cracked it in just one evening!

Good luck!
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