Tuesday, November 9

Day Four: Quiet But Fast

I'm working on Beethoven's Appassionata Sonata in F minor, Op. 57, currently focusing on the last movement, and trying desperately to play the opening sixteenths softly while keeping my tempo allegro. As a practice technique I've been warming up with four-octave scales played as softly as possible. I'm discovering the occasionally accented note with my thumbs consistently being at fault. When I transport the soft playing from my warm-up to my repertoire I find the same problem - clumsy thumbs. I'll keep you posted on what new techniques I discover that bring me the success I desire. If you've never heard the piece, have a listen. It's one of my favorites!


  1. Wow! That sounds like a tough piece! Would love to hear you play some time!

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  3. I will be doing a recital on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. Location to be announced...I would love for you to come and bring as many friends as you'd like. Of course if you want to listen before then, I could always use the practice performing for an audience. So we'll have to talk...maybe I'll have our small group over and play some pieces for everyone?


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