Playing arpeggios comfortably.
Arpeggios are one of the fundamental aspects of technique in piano playing. I show the way one can play arpeggios with confidence and offer an example from an excerpt from Beethoven’s sonata Op. 31 No. 2.
- 0:00 – 4:00 Rotation
- 4:00 – 4:50 Minimizing
- 4:50 – 5:35 Moving In/Out
- 5:35 – 7:05 Shaping
- 7:05 – 11:10 Beethoven’s Op.31 No. 2
Using the Proper Choreography to play Arpeggios in the Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 11.
I display the multiple aspects that go into playing these arpeggios and demonstrate the proper rotations, in/out movements, and more.
- 00:00 – 2:07 Rotation (1st line of arpeggios).
- 2:08 – 4:22 In and Out and Shaping (1st line of arpeggios).
- 4:23 – 6:40 Rotation, In and Out, Shaping and Leaps (2nd line of arpeggios)
Feeling of weakness in the fifth finger at the end of the arpeggio in the Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 2 m.7.
- Length: 3’47”
Moving efficiently in the arpeggiated figures of the Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 12.
The figuration in the opening of this etude, as well as in the rest of the work, can be facilitated with the right knowledge of rotation and subtle over-shaping. I demonstrate these concepts and include the importance of moving the torso to keep the forearm aligned with the hand.
Right hand arpeggios in Beethoven Sonata Op. 27 no 2, 3rd movement.
Some pianists claim that this passage is so tiring that it leaves one fatigued just by playing it. I explain how to play in the black key area without getting tired.
Playing arpeggios with ease in the Mendelssohn Étude in B-flat minor, Op. 104 No. 2.
Pianists of all backgrounds and skill levels come with questions about how to play arpeggios with comfort. I use this etude to show how the proper combination of rotation, in and out, and shaping facilitates playing arpeggios.
Left hand arpeggios in Granados’ Epílogo, de Las Escenas Románticas.
In our appreciation of the beautiful melody of Granados, we may forget that the left hand arpeggios need the same attention as the right hand. I show how to play these arpeggios with ease and efficiency.