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#1739765 - 08/24/11 03:08 PM Re: Sonata No. 14 Moonlight [Re: Peyton]
Devane Offline
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Registered: 04/09/08
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Originally Posted By: Peyton
Originally Posted By: Ataru074
Wayne, I have to agree that looking at your hand, getting that 9th is just a matter of practice and "stretching"....
don't worry about it too much.

Dittos, Wayne. It's not that hard a stretch and you may surprise yourself how quickly your hand adapts.

Co-sign on that. I was given this piece after a lot of persuasion by my teacher last year.

I could reach the ninth but playing with your hand constantly spread out would make my hand ache. You see you are also limbering the fingers 2,3,4 when they're playing the triplets. The aches disappeared quickly.

The skill of playing the melody with those triplets is tricky though. I'm talking in terms of making sure the melody doesn't get lost with accompaniment.
Say it to my face! wink

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#1739789 - 08/24/11 03:45 PM Re: Sonata No. 14 Moonlight [Re: wayne33yrs]
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On the pedaling, the little peak ---^--- in the horizontal line has a specific aural result intended: to hear no break in the sound, but also not to hear the previous chord and the following chord smearing into each other.

The way I was taught to do it is: release the pedal as your fingers are depressing the new chord. Press the pedal back down right away, which will be just after the fingers have depressed the chord.

You can practice this by playing ascending and descending triads of the C major scale: C, Dm, Em, F, etc. Pedal at each chord change. Listen to the result, aiming for no break and no blur.

#1739841 - 08/24/11 04:34 PM Re: Sonata No. 14 Moonlight [Re: wayne33yrs]
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Thnx PianoStudent88, good tip, I will try that! (How strange that my muddy pedalling has managed to merge/splurge into my sonata moonlight thread, just like my chords do in one another when I play, I think I'm finally realising lol)

Thank you smile

#1739915 - 08/24/11 06:24 PM Re: Sonata No. 14 Moonlight [Re: wayne33yrs]
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PianoStudent88, tried it, applied it to some stuff I play, real good, thanx again! I love this forum!

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