Playing Double Notes at the Advanced Level

Exercise Patterns (3)

Suggestions for Practice

Play detached before playing legato, checking wrist alignment on each pair of notes (forearm, wrist and hand in a straight line, with no twists or breaks). Know each voice completely independently by itself, making sure always to use the fingering you will end up using when you play both parts together. Play with shape, expression and good sound. Practise playing one voice while miming the other voice (i.e. touching the keys but not sounding them). Then reverse this (this is not easy!). Play one voice forte, the other piano, then reverse. Play one voice legato, the other staccato, then...

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