How to play escales in Chopin's nocturne?

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How to play escales in Chopin's nocturne?

Post by burgmuller » Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:17 pm

Hi everyone
I'm studying the Nocturne n 20 op posth. by Chopin. I'm having problems with de fast escale that goes almost at the end of the nocturne.
The problem is not much the speed as the way it should sound. I'm changin rithms, playing 2, 4, 6 notes... The pass of the thumb and so, but still not working, unfortunately. It's as if my fingers didnt know the meaning of the scale, like if they were lost. Any suggestions, please? thank you in advance!
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Re: How to play escales in Chopin nocturne?

Post by fredbucket » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:26 am

I'm no expert, of course, but I play the first as 3-5-5-5(=18), the third as 3-3-3-2(11) and the fourth as 3-4-3-3(13).

The tricky one is the second, which I play somewhat ad-lib with the left hand ahead (mathematically) of the scale.

Just for fun, I'm including a recording I made some years ago.
Chopin - Nocturne in C# minor Op Post.mp3
The fingering? Standard E-major scale as much as possible.

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Re: How to play escales in Chopin nocturne?

Post by burgmuller » Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:33 pm

Beautiful Fred, thank you very much.
The thing is the mechanic of the arm, I think that part is the one I dont understand. Do you think that only practising escales I can reach the speed needed?

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Re: How to play escales in Chopin nocturne?

Post by fredbucket » Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:17 pm

Certainly practising the scale will help, but best done in the context of the piece. There are others in this forum who are much better qualified than I am on these topics, but I always try to keep the arm still (vertically) as it moves (horizontally).

I hope this helps.

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Re: How to play escales in Chopin nocturne?

Post by burgmuller » Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:16 pm

Do you mean the wrist higher than the fingers?

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Re: How to play escales in Chopin nocturne?

Post by fredbucket » Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:36 pm

Whichever feels comfortable and natural for you.

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Re: How to play escales in Chopin nocturne?

Post by burgmuller » Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:49 pm

Ok, Thank you very much, Fredbucket
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