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Playing chords with 10ths #2951918 02/26/20 05:43 PM
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I'm looking at a couple of pieces, "Sea Piece" by Edward MacDowell and "Cradle Song" by Grieg. They have 10ths in some of the chords. In the Grieg piece I can use my left hand to help with the chord. In the MacDowell piece, no such luck. Lol!! I can barely reach an octave. Is it okay to either arpeggiate the chord or leave out a note. Leaving out a note begs the question of which note to leave out. Thanks. Sue smile

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Originally Posted by SueS55
I'm looking at a couple of pieces, "Sea Piece" by Edward MacDowell and "Cradle Song" by Grieg. They have 10ths in some of the chords. In the Grieg piece I can use my left hand to help with the chord. In the MacDowell piece, no such luck. Lol!! I can barely reach an octave. Is it okay to either arpeggiate the chord or leave out a note. Leaving out a note begs the question of which note to leave out. Thanks. Sue smile

Arpeggiate if you need to, rather than leave out a note.

If you have to leave a note out, never leave out the bottom note (which forms the basis of the harmony) or the top one (which is usually the melody), or any note that is part of the melody (principal or subsidiary). A doubled note is usually the least important (unless it forms a dissonance with an adjacent note), followed by the fifth note of the chord.


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Re: Playing chords with 10ths [Re: SueS55] #2951926 02/26/20 06:03 PM
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If you are referring to the opening chord of To The Sea from Sea Pieces, 0p 55, and other chords in that piece I would roll the chord in the LH and land on the last note, F, in the LH at the same time you play the RH chord on the beat. Looking briefly at the score, it appears that the 10ths are only in the LH.



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Thank-you very much. smile


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