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#1047474 - 09/28/04 12:16 PM Playing Perfect Chords - Advice?
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Registered: 08/14/04
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Hi,

Any advice on how to play perfect chords, such that all notes are played at the exact same time? This seems to be a problem that is very difficult for me to overcome. This is the case, even when playing just two notes. I can practice the same chord over and over to perfection, but when I am going through a passage, imperfect chords pop up frequently. Is this just a matter of patience, or is there some kind of exercise you can recommend for this?

Thanks!

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#1047475 - 09/28/04 02:18 PM Re: Playing Perfect Chords - Advice?
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maybe you need to practice the chords with the passage (or at least a few notes before and after the chords). it takes practice, and i too don't always strike a chord with all my fingers down at the exact time. the problem is mainly that not all fingers have the same strength when they strike a chord. also, keeping all fingers in contact with the keys (or at least the same distance between fingers and keys) before pressing down the keys will help the timing.

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#1047476 - 09/28/04 03:31 PM Re: Playing Perfect Chords - Advice?
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I'm no expert but you might playing from the elbow, rather than the fingers. By this, I mean, think of your fingers as being frozen in place and apply the force through the elbow as though it was a lever.
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#1047477 - 09/28/04 04:43 PM Re: Playing Perfect Chords - Advice?
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thank you for the responses. i will try those methods. i think overall, i just need to stick with it... was just wondering if others have had a lot of problems with it and have some testimony of how they overcame it \:\)

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#1047478 - 09/28/04 05:01 PM Re: Playing Perfect Chords - Advice?
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My teacher has me run through a spectrum of major chord inversions, with pedal, trying to get them legato. She stresses tone - playing them with a bounce (that's the best way I can describe it). Simple exercise, but effective.
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#1047479 - 10/01/04 06:54 AM Re: Playing Perfect Chords - Advice?
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I have the same (occasional) problem with playing "perfect" chords" - not all notes sound at the same time. It sometimes happens even when I am playing 2 notes at once.

It happened much more often 6 months ago, so I'm assuming that, with practice, this problem will disappear. Keep at it.

Bob

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