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I am practicing left hand of the following peice on piano. It needs to be played relatively fast with fingers spanned over an octave, involving D3, G3, B3b, D4. Any advice on how to position my hand for best performance?

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    How big are your hands? I'd give you different advice if you can't hold down a ninth with one hand, for instance. – Dekkadeci Dec 23 '17 at 5:53
  • I can reach a ninth, but with difficulty. I am comfortable playing an octave. – Sara Winslet Dec 23 '17 at 17:25
  • B3# ? - in the score example there is a B-flat used, shouldn't it be B3b? – nath Dec 23 '17 at 19:58
  • @nath Oh yeah, my bad. Changed it. – Sara Winslet Dec 23 '17 at 20:50
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I would use a fingering like this:

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Update:

  • in terms of hand position, you will have some kind of rotation, bending when playing in this octave some kind of ) shape from you forearm to your fifth finger tip.
  • I would not play this with flat fingers, since it should be played fast I would keep my fingers as round as possible.
  • the vertical position I would have my fifth finger on the D3 right in the first section between C# and D#, the third finger rather towards the end of G3 the second finger almost in the middle of B3b and the first finger on D4 rather at the front bit of the key, definitely not between the black keys.
  • How do you position you hand itself. Would you try to bend your finger, and form your hand like a cup. Or would you do it almost straightened hand. I noticed that flat hand and fingers are more comfortable in this particular case. – Sara Winslet Dec 23 '17 at 20:55
  • @SaraWinslet I would not use flat fingers, my left hand for this section would (in terms of round or flat fingering) rather look like on this picture – nath Dec 23 '17 at 21:17
  • @SaraWinslet I updated my answer truing to describe hand, finger position and shapes. – nath Dec 24 '17 at 1:17

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