Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2049921 - 03/17/13 08:39 PM sixteenth stress
manyhands Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/19/12
Posts: 122
Loc: Md
Learning Raindro0s keep Falling on my Head. Working on dotted 8 ths and sixteenth combos. Any advice on getting those 16s right? especially at end of the measure?
It seems like the real issue is moving the hand quickly to the next position.
_________________________
many hands many smiles

Big Mama Yama U1

Top
(ads P/S)

Petrof Pianos

#2049931 - 03/17/13 09:00 PM Re: sixteenth stress [Re: manyhands]
Saranoya Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/27/13
Posts: 585
Loc: Brussels, Belgium
Only one piece of advice I can give: practice. Slowly. Hundreds of times. Set your metronome at 50, if you have to, but in any case, do not try to speed up until you have it down pat at a slow tempo. You will find, I think, that as you keep playing a piece it will speed up naturally as your comfort level grows.

My teacher gave me the advice to practice slowly many, many times before it actually sunk in. Not that I wasn't doing it before. I just didn't play slow enough, or kept at it for long enough, for it to make any real difference.

So, practice slowly. And keep at it until you can't not speed up anymore.
_________________________
Beginner with some priors since 9/2012

Currently Playable
Bach 846, 926, 930
Beethoven 27/2 mvt. 1
Burgmüller 100/3, 4, 7, 12, 15, 19, 25
Chopin 72/1
Clementi 36/1
Grieg 12/1, 7
Tchaikovsky 39/9

Future
Burgmüller 109
Bartok Sz 56
Mozart K331

Top
#2050039 - 03/18/13 03:24 AM Re: sixteenth stress [Re: manyhands]
Charles Cohen Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/26/12
Posts: 1227
Loc: Richmond, BC, Canada
If you're asking what I _think_ you're asking, it's:

. . . How do I get my hand into position for measure 2,
. . . when there's a sixteenth note at the end of measure 1?

and the answer is something like this:

. . . Figure out what position you need to be in,
. . . for measure 2.

. . . Work out a fingering for measure 1 that lets you
. . . do a _smooth transition_ into the hand position
. . . for measure 2.

That may mean "switching fingers" on one repeated note, to get your hand into the right place on the keyboard. As an example, for "Raindrops", C major (I'm using 6/8 time here, because I think it's close to the real rhythm, and "/" for bar lines):

E . . E . E / F . E D . C / E . . . . . / . . . . . . /
3 . . 3 . 3 / 4 . 3 2 . 1 / 3


G . . G . G / A . G F . E /
5 . . 4 . 4 / 5 . 4 3 . 2 /

In the fifth measure, the switch from G (pinkie) to G (fourth finger) lets you take your time, and 'sets up' the hand for the A (5). So there's no need to rush that last "G".

I can see that teachers might want to teach "fixed hand positions" as a pedagogical device -- but that's not how you actually play the piano. Your hand will learn to constantly be stretching and contracting, as the music demands. It's not a violin.

And you may be asking a different question altogether. And I'm _not_ your teacher, who would be the right person to pose the question to (if you have one).

. Charles


Edited by Charles Cohen (03/18/13 03:28 AM)
Edit Reason: need "." between finger numerals

Top
#2050062 - 03/18/13 04:57 AM Re: sixteenth stress [Re: Saranoya]
Michael_99 Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 935
Loc: Canada Alberta
"...
Only one piece of advice I can give: practice. Slowly. Hundreds of times. Set your metronome at 50, if you have to, but in any case, do not try to speed up until you have it down pat at a slow tempo. You will find, I think, that as you keep playing a piece it will speed up naturally as your comfort level grows.

My teacher gave me the advice to practice slowly many, many times before it actually sunk in. Not that I wasn't doing it before. I just didn't play slow enough, or kept at it for long enough, for it to make any real difference.

So, practice slowly. And keep at it until you can't not speed up anymore.

_________________________
Currently working on:
- Burgmüller, opus 100 (mastered 1 - 7 so far)
- Beethoven, piano sonata n° 14 ('Moonlight Sonata'), movements 1 & 2

..."

Absolutely correct advice. Additionally, you should know that to be able to play a piece at a particular speed, you actually have to be able to do it 20 counts high than the speed you want to play it at because your brain has to have 20 counts higher so you can play it without errors and in a relaxed manner. If you are a beginner and this song it too fast for you, you can do it slowly but it will take you perhaps several weeks to get it up to a speed you have never played at before. However, if you have been playing lots of pieces at the same speed, it is just a matter of getting this piece up to speed and that should not take you very long - of course, you must practice very slowly and accurately and over many days or weeks you should be able to get it up to speed.



Edited by Michael_99 (03/18/13 04:58 AM)

Top
#2050476 - 03/18/13 08:45 PM Re: sixteenth stress [Re: manyhands]
manyhands Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/19/12
Posts: 122
Loc: Md
Thank you, Saranoya, Charles and Michael. Of course I should have thought about switching position in mid measure to set up for the quick move. Thanks for getting me out of rigid thinking. Now, to refinger and practice slowly!
_________________________
many hands many smiles

Big Mama Yama U1

Top

Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Knabe Pianos
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
126 registered (barbaram, Alux, anotherscott, albumblatter, AndrewJCW, 41 invisible), 1506 Guests and 28 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
75843 Members
42 Forums
156798 Topics
2303970 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Jazz"y" improvisation/cover issues
by kobethuy
08/20/14 02:00 AM
Jazz"y" improvisation/cover issues
by kobethuy
08/20/14 01:33 AM
My Steinway M birth information.
by ciftwood
08/19/14 08:30 PM
Breathy tone
by JoelW
08/19/14 07:59 PM
HELLO!!
by Synner
08/19/14 07:23 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission