Hi! Any advice here would be greatly appreciated. My teacher has been ill and with a deadline I have been trying to self-diagnose.
I've never thought I had an issue with my arpeggio technique - until now. I have been studying - and will be performing, soon
- Liszt's Waltz no. 1 S.514 and I see everything falling into place except for this one small bit. You may already know I am referencing the 'tutta forza' section nearing the end of the piece with the arpeggios in the right.
Really, even these are moving well now except
the 2nd, 3rd and 4th series of arpeggios. More specifically, it is the 5-1 turn from G# to B, G# to A in the following line, and F# to A in the 3rd line after that that is causing the problem.
I have no issues with the positions themselves as I can shift quite quickly when playing them as chords. However, when broken there is that horrid, ugly hiccup of amateur arpeggios. It is worse because the 5th finger on black is the the first
of four sixteenths and quintuplets. When I try and rotate hand/forearm off the pinky to bring the thumb over the G#s/F#s end up sounding weak and smudged at tempo.
I notice I tend to 'lean' the hand to the right in anticipation of this rotation and I remembered reading from Neuhaus something in reference to scales where the hand should be slightly slanting in the direction opposite of which you are going to be making a turn, rather than in the direction you are going. Could this be the issue? I honestly don't know.
If you have studied this, could examine your own technique here and post some feedback I would be eternally grateful.
Sorry, could a moderator please move this to the appropriate forum or delete. Thanks!