This is my first question so apologies for any mistakes.

I am having trouble with a particular bar in a piece, where my hand has to reach from the second B to the first C and again from the second C to the first D.enter image description here

What's the best way to play these notes and is there anything I can do with regards to hand movements? Any videos or images would be appreciated.

Piece: La dispute - Yann Tiersen

  • Can you hold down a ninth with your right hand? If you can, things should be easier for you. If you can't, things will be understandably harder. For the matter, I can barely hit a ninth as long as both notes are on white or black keys, but then I'm guaranteed to hit adjacent notes.
    – Dekkadeci
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 2:47

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You wouldn't have to span a ninth to play this if it were simply octaves, right? Well, this passage isn't any different. Do not try to hold down the lower note while reaching for the next upper one. Straining your hand through overextending can be harmful and is usually not even a good way of playing such passages.

Instead, practice playing the passage as octaves until you've got the wrist movement down. Then add the slight rotational movement to turn the octaves into downwards arpeggios.

  • Would this mean I would have play each downward arpeggio fairly lightly, so I can play the bar evenly?
    – Lewis T.
    Commented Feb 14, 2018 at 23:55

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