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!