I can't play this part clear and coordinated. My left hand and right hand are fighting. How can I fix it? Is my fingering wrong? Or my practice is not enough? Please help me to fix it! Thanks! Bartók suite op.14 first movement **Bartók suite op.14 1st movement bar 72-73**

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  • What is the piece? (Judging from the engraving, it looks like something 19th century...) Some more context would be useful if the score is online somewhere. Is it really piano music, or for a multi-keyboard instrument like an organ? What is the tempo and dynamics? – user19146 Oct 23 '17 at 3:49
  • It seems a bit odd that your left and right hand are fighting, since they are reasonably well coordinate on eights, and their movement is consistently counter to each other (up vs down). I can only assume it's the slightly different rhythm that causes problem. Do you have any problem playing a hand by yourself? E.g., are the octaves making your right hand cramp up, or do the sixteenths cramp up your left hand? – user18490 Oct 23 '17 at 4:32
  • What is your fingering for this section anyway? Perhaps you edit the image digitially with fingering indicated, or rescan it with fingering. Otherwise, please describe it. Some fingerings can cause hands to cramp up, and that'll make it hard to get things smooth and correct. – user18490 Oct 23 '17 at 4:34
  • @Evert look at the clefs. Your hands are playing "on top of each other." – user19146 Oct 23 '17 at 5:07
  • @alephzero Ah, missed that (even though I had the notes correct in my head). That explains things a bit more, though I think answers to my questions can still help figuring out any underlying causes. – user18490 Oct 23 '17 at 5:14

Well, this is a piece designed for letting left and right hand fight. The basic hint for how to approach it is that the bottom line is more dense as well as legato. The top line is accentuating the bottom line.

So the main approach would be to play the left hand in a smooth legato which means that it gets first choice of fingering and good hand position. Then you see whether this allows you to intersperse the right hand. Staccato benefits from a larger approach path so I'd try crossing the right hand over the left first, shifted in a bit (the contentious notes in the left hand are all white keys, so the left hand is likely a bit more backwards). Possibly try just the top two notes for the right hand at first, but without using the thumb (which you'll need later on for the crossover).

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