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I have fallen in love with Chopin Fantasie impromptu, I have learned to play hr2 and heroic polonaise, I want to know if I can learn this piece or should I wait a bit?

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depends on how long you have been playing and what is currently the hardest piece you have learned?


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Can you read notes or are you brute forcing it? (memorizing)


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Start slow, the alternating fingering becomes automatic after it's memorized.

One thing to watch out for is on the left hand, don't try to stretch the hand widely or turn the wrist too much, either can increase fatigue,. It's more efficient to time your arm movements a little faster in covering the span.

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definitely have to memorize it to play it at tempo.

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Originally Posted by jeffcat
Start slow, the alternating fingering becomes automatic after it's memorized.

One thing to watch out for is on the left hand, don't try to stretch the hand widely or turn the wrist too much, either can increase fatigue,. It's more efficient to time your arm movements a little faster in covering the span.

do you play this piece?


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One year and 4 months, my most recent piece is heroic polonaise.

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Originally Posted by Learux
Can you read notes or are you brute forcing it? (memorizing)


I am reading notes to start, as I go I tend to play the parts I know without the sheet music.

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Well, does this thread belong in the Beginners Forum? If yes, you probably can but it will take a lot of effort, slow down your overall progress immensely and will sound bad in the end (meaning every experienced player will hear that your learned this without knowing what you are doing).

But of you are an advanced player or at least early advanced with a few years of experience, you shouldn’t have a problem with it.

But since you are asking, you probably aren’t, because one becomes good in judging the difficulty of pieces pretty fast. This isn’t the answer you were looking for, consider it nevertheless, I and a lot of other people learned this lesson the hard way.

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My approach with pieces that might be too hard for me:
1) look at the score - see what looks hardest to you
2) ask people who played it before what they found hardest about it

Take a couple of days and only try to get into the hardest sections discovered in 1 and 2.

If you feel you can do those after whatever time you gave yourself - go ahead and do the whole thing. If not, at least you haven't frustrated yourself too much too long. In addition after more practice (months, years,...) you will know which sections you have to able to get right and have an easier time judging when you're ready for it.

You can also ask a teacher if you have one but they tend to be conservative I find... once in a while you need a real challenge.

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