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Chopin Op.10 No.1 help (Read 881 times)

Offline hamishscott4

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Chopin Op.10 No.1 help
« on: June 05, 2020, 10:18:44 AM »
Hello,

I have been working on this etude for the past few weeks and I'm consistently struggling with bars 31 and 35-36 (the F major 7 and A major chords). I'm playing both with 1-2-4-5 and find my 4th finger gets trapped between the black keys when reaching for the next note. These bars are quite a stretch in both directions for my 4th finger as well.

My solution is to move my hand further into the piano (so my fingers are pressing nearer the start of the keys) but I'm still finding this hard. I don't have a teacher to check this with.

Are there any tips for playing/practising these bars?

Thanks

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Re: Chopin Op.10 No.1 help
«Reply #1 on: June 16, 2020, 01:21:47 PM »
Problems like this usually arise when the wrist is too low. Try to keep it a little bit higher (but still very flexible) and use your third finger instead of the fourth in bar 31.

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Re: Chopin Op.10 No.1 help
«Reply #2 on: June 27, 2020, 01:24:20 AM »
Like comma said, I would recommend 1-2-3-5 rather than 1-2-4-5 in M. 31. If it helps, I use 5-4-2-1 in M. 30 and 5-3-2-1 in M. 32. In M. 35, I saise my wrist as my hand goes from A->E->A->C#, then lower it for the next A. In M. 36, my wrist actually stays at a pretty constant height. You should exaggerate these motions when you practice slowly.

If it makes you feel any better, M. 30-36 are probably the hardest of the piece for everyone.

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Re: Chopin Op.10 No.1 help
«Reply #3 on: June 28, 2020, 02:26:47 PM »
Hello
Try 2-4-1-4
You have to move your hand very fast, but it will solve your problem.
Oren

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Re: Chopin Op.10 No.1 help
«Reply #4 on: June 28, 2020, 02:28:43 PM »
.going back down
5-2-1-3
Oren