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I'm very familiar with the gondola songs, hope you enjoyed learning this one. There are several others in his songs of words series. Sound wise I did enjoy listening to it. The notes needs to be legato together especially in the RH. At the moment you are playing detached and joining entirely with the pedal. This is not an easy fix at all. Have you a teacher to advise you ? Well played.
Hi Moo. Thank you for the feedback. I am learning with a teacher yes. However I haven’t seen her in 3 weeks because I was on vacation in Italy. I know what you mean about the legato in the RH. For other pieces where I need to pedal off more often I wouldn’t be able to get away with it. I am still a beginner, would playing it legato with the pedal open make any difference to the sound? Or is it more “you should fix your technique because it will be an issue later” sort of thing.
The rising thirds and sixths I play the same fingering for every one, 2+4 and 1+5 respectively. I guess that part would need a big mental recalibration. I’ll speak to my teacher about it Saturday.
Thank you for the kind words.
Yamaha CLP685 Enjoying piano since May 2018
Re: Mendelssohn - Gondellied (Barcarolle) in A major - MWV U 136
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No worries. When I played this song you have learnt at the start I spend a lot of time with my teacher learning precise finger patterns, often with finger changes and very precise movements in order to legato in right and left hands as Mendelssohn has marked it. This makes the piece technically much harder. I do think it makes a very big difference to the sound. I have played a lot of Mendelssohn and its something we've done in every piece. For you to do this you would have to unlearn what you did so this is why I said it not an easy fix. I'm not sure you need to do this as it may just be how I've been taught and if your teacher has not taught you it it may not be the best option. Sorry I cannot really advise you. I would discuss with your teacher. Good luck.
To answer your question I dont think this is a technical problem. I have had perhaps 13 years more lessons more than you. Its a very hard thing to learn and something I still need to get expert advice on. It is not something I'd get advice from online and definitely not something I can advise on. You appear to be playing very well considering you started in May last year so I'd suggest you wait for your teacher on Saturday as clearly seems to be working. Good luck.