Our latest Practice Clinic recording features answers to questions on balancing chords, pedalling, mastering double notes and playing legato in works by Chopin, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Liszt.
Practice clinic questions
Chopin Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28 No. 4 – I find it very difficult to voice the LH chords properly in this piece, the middle voice seems to overbearing and my hand is not well balanced. I would be very grateful for any advice on how to practise and improve these chords.
Mendelssohn Six Kinderstücke, Op 72 No. 3 – I‘m struggling with this piece! Do I need pedal at the beginning? Or in which bars do I need pedal?
Liszt Réminiscences de Don Juan, S418 – Do you have any technique tips or exercises for mastering the fast chromatic thirds in this work? It feels like I should do something different than in Chopin op 25 no.6.
Schubert Impromptu in G-flat Major, Op. 90 No. 3 / D899 – I’m starting this piece and am wondering whether I need to use finger substitutions copiously (as suggested in my Henle Urtext) to achieve legato in the right hand melody. Or can I get away with using the pedal?
It seems like the editor has suggested legato fingering in some places but not others (largely where this is too cumbersome) but surely for consistency it would be better to choose one approach? Or are there specific places where using the pedal is not sufficient?
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