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Together with Lang Lang and Yundi Li, Sa Chen (born 1979) is considered as one of today’s most important Chinese pianists and a veritable international sensation. Here we can hear her in the second movement of Chopin´s first Piano Concerto in E minor Op. 11 with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon conducted by Lawrence Foster. Read more >>

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Author Topic: Rhythms... Need help on Fantasy-impromptu... and some easier pieces  (Read 7311 times)
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« on: December 03, 2004, 04:52:06 PM »

Hi everybody,

I'd like to know what's your "counting method", on pieces such as Chopin's Fantasy-impromptu, nouvelle etude N°1, and Debussy's first arabesque -well, pieces that use "contrary rythms" (or counter rhythms ? I don't know how this is called).
Does anyone know how to count these rhythms ?
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piano sheet music of Fantaisie-Impromptu
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2004, 09:40:21 PM »

Personally, I believe that if you are tackling pieces of this level, you should be well beyond counting. That is, you should be able to do it without any help from counting. If you are still counting time, it is possible you are not really ready for these pieces.

I myself never count anyway, but it may be more useful for this kind of cross rhythm to use words rather than counting. Try these threads where this subject is discussed in more detail:

(How to use words to deal with 3 against 4)

(3 x 2 –  dropping notes)

(triplets against eighths – diagrams)

(coordinating cross-rhythms)

Good luck.

Bewst wishes,

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