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...just popped over from the ABF, since no one there was able to help me.

My question does not relate to the fiendishly difficult 'Heroic' Polonaise in A flat (Op 53)... it's the other one!

I've been making good progress with this piece until reaching bar (measure) 45, in which semiquavers (16th notes) in the right hand are played against three groups of quaver (eighth note) triplets in the left hand. Try as I might I can't get the 'offset' balance right between both hands... can anyone help, please?


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There are two ways of approaching this.

Once is to 'reduce' the RH semiquavers to quavers, when it becomes straightforward 2:3, by leaving out the intervening notes in the RH, getting used to the rhythm, before adding the extra notes back in, accenting the groups of 2 in RH initially until it becomes fluent.

The other (my preferred recommendation) is simply to get used to the 4:3 rhythm by practising the last group of 4:3 repeatedly by itself without pausing in between, - i.e. a straightforward downward scale in RH (change the fingering to 4-3-2-1 for this 'exercise' if you like) against the accompaniment of the 3-note triad in LH. Then it becomes a matter of getting the rhythm "into your fingers" - which will crop up again and again in lots of Chopin. Once learnt, never forgotten.


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Thanks for your advice, bennevis... I'm about to apply it!


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