I'm only a beginner but I really want to learn this song. This song is what motivates me to play the piano. I just want to ask if this is too hard for a beginner like me? I only self study and I just finished learning Minuet in G major.

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This is the first page and I'm having trouble playing it because of fingering. I can play it but a bit slow only. Some keys are too far for my hand. My right hand can only reach 1 octave and my left hand being able to reach a key past an octave (or C to D on the next octave).

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This is the page I'm trying to learn right now but it's intimidating when I saw a lot of notes. This is a 7 page piece but I really want to learn it.

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  • Interesting staccato notes in bars 20 and 43. Never worked out exactly what they do! – Tim Oct 21 '16 at 11:38
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    What is the question here? – Shevliaskovic Oct 21 '16 at 13:16
  • "I just want to ask if this is too hard for a beginner like me?" – Richard Oct 21 '16 at 18:45
  • the piece doesn't look too hard; i would just ignore the tempo (until you can do the piece then you can try to bring it up to the tempo dictated here or don't, you can choose that too and make it your own interpretation). 144 is way too fast. – Lenny Oct 21 '16 at 21:13
  • Then it is possible for me to learn the whole piece? I'm not focusing on the tempo right now. Thanks for the advice. – Cedrick Martin Oct 22 '16 at 8:49

The tempo might be a little quick, but I don't see anything in these first two pages that a relative beginner wouldn't be able to figure out, practice, and, with time, perform reasonably well.

Make sure you can play both hands separately before trying to play them together.

And if fingering is an issue, sit down tonight and play around with some fingerings for difficult passages. Find what works best for you, and write it down.

Lastly, too many people "practice" by playing through the whole piece and stopping. Focus on one section for each practice session. At the start of your next practice session, quickly review the section that you practiced before moving on to your new task.

  • yea the tempo is too fast and great advice in general – Lenny Oct 21 '16 at 19:34
  • What I do is learn 4-5 measures at a time. Right hand first, left hand, then both hands. I repeat it until I can play it smoothly. It seems slow but it works for me. I do write fingerings but I don't know if what I'm writing is correct though. I will try to upload the rest of the pages if I can. – Cedrick Martin Oct 22 '16 at 8:52
  • It seems like I cannot add more than 2 links right now. But the piece is played in this video. youtu.be/l8I9BBO1_H0 – Cedrick Martin Oct 22 '16 at 9:00

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