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Tips for Bach's Italian Concerto - Part 1

Step-by-step instructions to approach a very well-known piece for piano

Released on March 12, 2014

  
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William Treichler on April 3, 2014 @9:40 pm PST
Mr. Estrin:

I enjoy your online video helpful hints very much here in St Petersburg, FL..

Concerning the Bach Italian Concerto, 1st Movement, what fingering do you recommend for the LEFT HAND 16th notes in measures 25 and 26?

Thank you
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Robert - host, on April 4, 2014 @12:59 pm PST
Start on the 3rd finger, then use 1 on the E. In measure 26, you will start on the 5th finger, followed by the 3rd finger on C. Cross your 3rd finger on F and the 2nd finger on B-flat and you should be good!
Christine * VSM MEMBER * on March 12, 2014 @2:32 pm PST
What suggestions do you have for an adult student with small hands? After watching your video I wanted to play Prelude No. 7 but I cannot play bar 13, for example. There are 5 notes to be played in the right hand from A4 to C6 that simply exceed my physical capability. How do I play it without ruining the piece?
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Robert - host, on March 12, 2014 @4:33 pm PST
I too have small hands. The secret is learning how to break chords quickly and grabbing the notes on the pedal. This video demonstrates this technique:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xl-hcFFb14
Carol Ebert * VSM MEMBER * on March 12, 2014 @8:54 am PST
I enjoyed learning about Bach's Italian Concerto, and look forward to your help in playing it! Thank you.
Don Puent on March 12, 2014 @7:45 am PST
I could listen to Robert play this all day!!!
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