Playing Octaves without Stretching or Preparing

Length: 9’20”

For many jazz musicians, one improvises to the limits of what they are comfortable playing. Edna works with a young pianist on playing octaves comfortably without preparing and causing tension in the thumb and fifth finger by suggesting playing them starting from a closed hand position.

Trills and broken octaves

  • 00:00 – 3:40 Single Rotation in trills.
  • 3:41 – 5:17 Single Rotation in broken octaves + forearm positioning between the two notes.

Playing comfortable broken octaves while avoiding fatigue: Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata

Length: 4’54”

Incorrect broken octaves can lead to fatigue and injury through isolation of the fingers. Edna explains how one can play without stretching and isolating through synchronized movements using an excerpt from the Pathetique sonata.