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Topic: Chopin's Nocturne in c-sharp minor - what to improve?  (Read 2559 times)

Offline mistralx

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Hello guys!

I am currently working on the mentioned Chopin's nocturne and would like to ask you for advices. I recorded just a first part of it, the second will be added in the near future :)

Please let me know what should be improved, what is good, what is horrible, what parts should I pay special attention to.
I just want to add that i am an amateur player after a several years of break in playing. Since a few months I have been playing again  :)

Thanks for every comment.

Offline dogperson

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Re: Chopin's Nocturne in c-sharp minor - what to improve?
Reply #1 on: June 23, 2017, 10:29:32 PM
I have a couple of suggestions for you, which is what was suggested by my teacher.  But like you I'm an amateur pianist, so really you can take this with a grain of salt 

  The first measures are very important as they set the tone for the nocturne.   Be sure you play them as one phrase, by keeping your fingers close to the keyboard, and every note should be heard in the chords.  These measures are repeated:  how should they sound differently from the first time played?   Give these measures, as simple as they may look, a lot of consideration.   Be sure to honor the whole value of the rest before the repeat. 

The left  hand should be almost like a rolling wave, much softer than the right hand, so that the melody sings. Practice the left-hand alone to work on the legato phrasing and volume. 

I am a huge Chopin freak, but I find it much more difficult to play well than what appears on the score. 
I think you made a great start in playing this😊


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