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Re: Playing fast for adult returners
KevinM #2851347 05/23/19 05:18 AM
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Here's another one on fast playing (single notes). Very much like speed bursts, gradually increasing the number of notes played in succession.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-slj3cRewc&t=361s

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Re: Playing fast for adult returners
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As an old guy who took 37 years off and in the interim accumulated numerous finger, hand & shoulder injuries some of which will never fully heal, it took me about 20 months of all sorts of practice to regain my "speed."

So how do you define "fast"? My absolute maximum speed in a scale is 13 notes per second. In general, all-around music it's much lower: about 8 notes per second. If the music consists of a forthright scale, say the Brahms Rhapsody in B minor, about 10 notes per second. Having to musically shape the sound, applying the right touch, that slows things down.

Now I know pros play faster but I do not believe much if anything is added to the musical experience playing faster than 10 notes per second. That's just my opinion not any sort of scientifically proven fact.


With new students Chopin was chiefly anxious to do away with any stiffness in, or cramped, or convulsive movement of the hand, thereby obtaining the first requisite of fine technique "souplesse" (suppleness). -- Carl Mikuli on Chopin the teacher.
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That kind of speed sounds amazing to me, Fidel. Surely good enough to play most things. I can only dream of that right now. I hope I can do it some day as well.


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