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#382576 - 06/27/05 10:40 AM Could anyone suggest a good book?
***musical princess*** Offline
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Registered: 06/15/05
Posts: 537
Loc: Newcastle, England
I really need to improve my velocity for a new piece i'm learning and was wondering if anyone could suggest a good book. I currently use Tankard for normal technique stuff but he doesn't do much in the way of speed. If anyone could help i would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

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#382577 - 06/27/05 10:47 AM Re: Could anyone suggest a good book?
pianoanne Offline
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Registered: 11/02/04
Posts: 649
Loc: Pacific NW
I don't think you necessarly need a technique book to play the piece you are working on faster. I would recommend working technique on the music itself. You can do impulse practicing, which consists of taking small groups of notes (like 4 16th notes) and dropping on the first note then slightly shifting the hand over to automatically play the 3 other notes. This results in less notey playing. It may sound complicated, but if you see someone do it, it's really not difficult. I might not have explained it the best either. Also slow to fast with the metronome, moving it up 2 notches at a time really helps.

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#382578 - 06/27/05 11:18 AM Re: Could anyone suggest a good book?
kcoul058 Offline
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Registered: 12/27/04
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Loc: UBC, Vancouver, Canada
hmm, the obvious answer might be Czerny's school of velocity?

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#382579 - 06/27/05 11:30 AM Re: Could anyone suggest a good book?
***musical princess*** Offline
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Posts: 537
Loc: Newcastle, England
'Czerny's school of velocity'

Is that a book? And is it available in England?

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#382580 - 06/27/05 12:23 PM Re: Could anyone suggest a good book?
john the hand Offline
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Registered: 07/13/04
Posts: 156
Loc: Orange County, California
Hmm, I'm not sure about England, but Alfred makes a great copy of the school of velocity. It's about $11 here in the U.S. Here is the information:

Czerny: The School of Velocity Op. 299 (Complete)
Edited by Willard A. Palmer
ISBN: 0-7390-1064-6

It's a handy book that helped me advance towards etudes since it deals with fast passages throughout the book! But, of course, you can always try finding a .PDF file of the Op. 299, but getting a book is just more convenient.

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#382581 - 06/27/05 08:15 PM Re: Could anyone suggest a good book?
Auntie Lynn Offline
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Registered: 12/07/04
Posts: 1105
Loc: San Francisco, CA
Everybody over on Classical Insites was trilling about the Dohnanyi Etudes - I have them but never got seriously into them, too much other stuff to do...so many pieces, so little time...ach du lieber...

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#382582 - 06/27/05 09:21 PM Re: Could anyone suggest a good book?
paulie567 Offline
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Registered: 05/04/02
Posts: 160
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
hey princess,

Check out this thread which Elena kindly posted-- it helped me build up speed with Chopin's deadly Op.10/4 Etude:
web page

In fact Op.10/4 itself is a great piece for speed and finger technique if you want to try it. I don't think it's that hard to learn, but to play it fast might take years (at least it has for me). Hope that helps, -Paul

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#382583 - 06/28/05 03:07 AM Re: Could anyone suggest a good book?
***musical princess*** Offline
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Registered: 06/15/05
Posts: 537
Loc: Newcastle, England
Thanks guys. I'll look out for Czerny and i read through that post and its already helped loads, thanx Paulie!

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#382584 - 06/28/05 09:09 AM Re: Could anyone suggest a good book?
Puckettmeister86 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/05
Posts: 215
Loc: Rocklin, CA
"Could anyone suggest a good book?"

The Chronicals of Narnia!!!
My favorite books in the series are:
'The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe',
'and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'.

AWESOME BOOKS by C.S.Lewis.
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#382585 - 06/28/05 09:12 AM Re: Could anyone suggest a good book?
Puckettmeister86 Offline
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Registered: 06/22/05
Posts: 215
Loc: Rocklin, CA
They were actually SET in ENGLAND!!! HAH!
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#382586 - 06/28/05 10:46 AM Re: Could anyone suggest a good book?
***musical princess*** Offline
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Registered: 06/15/05
Posts: 537
Loc: Newcastle, England
Yes, you're very witty 86. I'm suprised that didn't come up sooner.

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#382587 - 06/28/05 08:59 PM Re: Could anyone suggest a good book?
Derulux Offline
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Registered: 06/06/05
Posts: 5294
Loc: Philadelphia
 Quote:
Originally posted by Puckettmeister86:
They were actually SET in ENGLAND!!! HAH! [/b]
Not-uh. They were set in a wardrobe. :p
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