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#961156 - 10/03/04 01:48 PM Pathetique sonata first movement
Moshe Offline
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Registered: 04/17/04
Posts: 113
Loc: Toronto
My student is having a great deal of difficulty playing this piece through because of the left hand broken octave type figure. He gets incredibly tired doing this part. What suggestions do you have for the student that would enable him to complete the piece without losing his left hand!

Thank you

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#961157 - 10/03/04 02:30 PM Re: Pathetique sonata first movement
fnork Offline
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Registered: 10/01/04
Posts: 1993
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
when I played it as a kid, I got really really tired in my left hand too. I would simply advice your student to practice it slowly, in a tempo where he can feel relaxed in his left hand and not get tired. Later, he can increase speed, just as long as he doesn't get tired. He doesn't even have to practice this beethoven sonata, he could just play the octave part over and over again in a slow tempo. I'm sure he will make progress in a couple of weeks.

#961158 - 10/03/04 04:25 PM Re: Pathetique sonata first movement
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Registered: 11/27/02
Posts: 13826
Loc: Iowa City, IA
Practice the left hand in triplets and in quick bursts: one long note, three very fast notes, one long note, etc...
"If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him." (John Holt)


#961159 - 10/04/04 03:08 PM Re: Pathetique sonata first movement
fnork Offline
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Registered: 10/01/04
Posts: 1993
Loc: Helsinki, Finland
very good advice, Kreisler, why didn't I ever think of that?


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