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#2242315 - 03/06/14 05:51 PM Fingering
Vince Kasprzak Offline
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Regarding Chopin's Etude, Opus 10 No, 3: I have been having a problem choosing fingering for the middle section (starting at con bravura). The music that I am using (Julio Esteban - editor)suggests 5-2, 3-1, 3-1 5-2 (repeating throughout the next 6 bars). Other "people" have suggested that this is the only fingering that is possible. The problem that I have is that the 3-1 fingering requires quite an uncomfortable stretch (it's not supposed to hurt), which would seem to inhibit accuracy at speed. Should I keep practicing with this fingering in hope that my tendons would eventually stretch to accommodate, or would I do damage to myself? The fingering that I have devised recently on my own is 5-2, 5-2-5-1, 5.2 (repeating again). This feels much more comfortable and provides some finger pivots to find the next chord. I haven't gotten to speed yet with this fingering. My dilemma is which fingering (or other) should I devote my practice to? Do you have any other suggestions for fingering?

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#2242348 - 03/06/14 07:15 PM Re: Fingering [Re: Vince Kasprzak]
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I'd use whatever fingering works for you. Everybody's hands are different.

But just be careful that your fingering doesn't make the rhythm sound bumpy or accented in the wrong places - easy to happen when there's a leap 5-2 to another 5-2. The way Chopin notates the semi-quavers would seem to indicate that 5-2, 3-1 etc is the best fingering in terms of the slurs, and that was the way I played it many years ago, though I have small hands that barely stretch to 10ths (but flexible fingers).
"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."

#2242366 - 03/06/14 07:49 PM Re: Fingering [Re: Vince Kasprzak]
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Most people gain flexibility as they play the piano, but be careful not to hurt yourself. That is, if you start feeling pain, give it a rest.

Liszt told people to use whatever fingering works for them.
"I was obliged to work hard; whoever works equally hard will succeed equally well." -Bach


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