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The usual technique for those tremolo octaves is to rotate the arm rapidly back and forth from the elbow. (Glenn Gould executed very rapid tremolos with fingers only; if you are a similar freak of nature then you may ignore this post entirely.) Back when I was learning it, I found it helpful to practice the technique away from the piano, by holding your ...


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Two things: (1) your fingers stay very close to the keyboard (2) you slow your attack (the time it takes for you to press a key and reach the bottom). They should both contribute to a quieter sound. Practicing these two things slowly will eventually help it become automatic once you play faster.


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I'm having some of the same issues with Rachmaninoff's arrangement of Kreisler's Liebenslied. The piece isn't particularly fast like Pathetique, however I'm forced to roll across 14ths with fairly small hands so the same principles apply. What I've found incredibly helpful was making up ludicrously difficult exorcises that take the same concepts that make ...


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I am facing similar problems here, and have found one or two ideas helpful (though I have not yet solved the problem completely). Play the troublesome section(s) slowly and quietly - as slowly as necessary - even ridiculously slowly, while aiming to eliminate all possible tensions in arms, shoulders, fingers, wrists. Aim to have the fingers just resting on ...


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if you're not playing it RIGHT at whatever speed, slow down until you can do it right. And slowly bring the speed up while you're doing it right. that's the only way to do it that there is.



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