Playing Octaves without Stretching or Preparing

Many jazz musicians improvise to the limit of what they are comfortable playing. I work with a young pianist on playing octaves comfortably without preparing and causing tension in the thumb and fifth finger.

Length: 9’20”

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

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

Length: 4’54”