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#2118912 - 07/17/13 05:00 AM How important is it to change fingers on repeated notes?  
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Hello all,

I'm currently learning Chopin's little posthumous 'Marche Funebre', using the Schirmer edition. Here's a copy of the piece...
http://petrucci.mus.auth.gr/imglnks...Chopin_-_Marche_Fun__bre__Op.72_No.2.pdf

M edition suggests that in bar 3 (and all other subsequent bars with repeated chords), that the RH alternates between 1-3-5 and 2-3-5. My teacher fully agrees with this and believes it would be beneficial to follow the suggested fingering.

However, to me this seems pointless. I understand changing fingers on repeated notes in Chopin's Grande Valse Brilliante or a Liszt Rhapsody, but I feel that doing so in this case, seemingly over complicates a relatively 'simple' piece.

I was hoping to get more opinions on the matter, as I find I can't get the hang of it, and it doesn't come naturally to me. What does everyone else think?

Best wishes


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Chopin - Fantasie Impromptu in C sharp minor Op.66
Mozart - Piano Sonata in E flat K.282
Liszt - Romance in E minor "O pourquoi donc" S.196
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#2118915 - 07/17/13 05:18 AM Re: How important is it to change fingers on repeated notes? [Re: Samuel1993]  
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I will admit that I also don't see much point in changing fingering for the same chords. Unless one would like to somewhat stress a chord in a different way, but other than that it seems to only complicate stuff...

#2118963 - 07/17/13 08:16 AM Re: How important is it to change fingers on repeated notes? [Re: Samuel1993]  
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Originally Posted by Samuel1993
Hello all,

I'm currently learning Chopin's little posthumous 'Marche Funebre', using the Schirmer edition. Here's a copy of the piece...
http://petrucci.mus.auth.gr/imglnks...Chopin_-_Marche_Fun__bre__Op.72_No.2.pdf

M edition suggests that in bar 3 (and all other subsequent bars with repeated chords), that the RH alternates between 1-3-5 and 2-3-5. My teacher fully agrees with this and believes it would be beneficial to follow the suggested fingering.

However, to me this seems pointless. I understand changing fingers on repeated notes in Chopin's Grande Valse Brilliante or a Liszt Rhapsody, but I feel that doing so in this case, seemingly over complicates a relatively 'simple' piece.

I was hoping to get more opinions on the matter, as I find I can't get the hang of it, and it doesn't come naturally to me. What does everyone else think?



Your teacher thinks it beneficial in what way, exactly?

I could accept an argument that changing the fingers keeps the chords from sounding overly static, but there's also an argument to be made that the chords should sound static.


#2119002 - 07/17/13 10:08 AM Re: How important is it to change fingers on repeated notes? [Re: Samuel1993]  
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Regardless of whether or not it's pointless, the suggested alternation is a relatively simple technical skill that you should possess. Don't take the easy way out - use this as an opportunity to work on your technique and build a new skill.


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#2119008 - 07/17/13 10:25 AM Re: How important is it to change fingers on repeated notes? [Re: Kreisler]  
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Originally Posted by Kreisler
Regardless of whether or not it's pointless, the suggested alternation is a relatively simple technical skill that you should possess.

Originally I said here that I don't think so and that in fact I think it's a little nuts. But for the heck of it I went and tried it (I'd never done such a thing before) -- and I changed my mind. I think it can be a useful thing, depending on the passage -- the layout of the notes and the expression you're going for. In this case, it does seem to help me do it the way I'd want to do it.

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#2119029 - 07/17/13 11:26 AM Re: How important is it to change fingers on repeated notes? [Re: Samuel1993]  
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This is one of those things where I can do it, but just because I can, doesn't mean I will. I can't think of a single piece where I've ever needed to switch fingers for a repeated chord, but that doesn't mean that it isn't sometimes practical -- so, like Kreisler said, I would at least learn how to do it before choosing whether or not to do it in this instance.

FYI, looking at this measure, I would use 124, because it sets you up a little better for the 145 in the next measure. 135, and especially 235, don't really do that.


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#2119032 - 07/17/13 11:33 AM Re: How important is it to change fingers on repeated notes? [Re: Samuel1993]  
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How many of us would use 1-3 (score fingering) for the G octave on beat one of measure 15?

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#2119033 - 07/17/13 11:36 AM Re: How important is it to change fingers on repeated notes? [Re: BruceD]  
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Originally Posted by BruceD
How many of us would use 1-3 (score fingering) for the G octave on beat one of measure 15?

ha ha ha ha ha

GOOD GET!

That has to be just a mistake -- a misprint or slip of the pen or whatever. Absolutely absolutely has to be. It arguably wouldn't be quite so clear if it were on a black-note octave. But this? Total mistake.

#2119080 - 07/17/13 01:15 PM Re: How important is it to change fingers on repeated notes? [Re: Mark_C]  
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Originally Posted by Mark_C
Originally Posted by BruceD
How many of us would use 1-3 (score fingering) for the G octave on beat one of measure 15?

ha ha ha ha ha

GOOD GET!

That has to be a just a mistake -- a misprint or slip of the pen or whatever. Absolutely absolutely has to be. It arguably wouldn't be quite so clear if it were on a black-note octave. But this? Total mistake.

What, you mean you guys don't take it all with the LH?


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