How to Play Fast (Advanced)

05 Feb 2022 @ 16:30 UTC

Many players can get their pieces up to a certain speed, but there appears to be a ceiling beyond which they cannot go. As the tempo increases, so the playing falls apart and loses all sense of flow - added to which the hands and arms seize up, buckling under the strain.

One of the most common questions our website readers ask is how to get a piece up to the full speed while retaining the feeling of coordination and control that is possible at slower tempos. In these practical workshops, Graham Fitch uses a selection of pieces from elementary, intermediate and advanced levels to demonstrate various ways to move them from an initial, slow learning speed up to full performance tempo.

How it works

Examples from a selection of pieces will be used to demonstrate different methods for building speed (links will be provided upon sign-up):

  • Haydn - Sonata in D, Hob XVI:24 (last movement)
  • Beethoven - Sonata in E, Op. 14 No. 1 (last movement)
  • Mendelssohn - Song Without Words in E, Op. 19 No. 1
  • Bartók - Rondo (No. 1 from Three Rondos on Fold Tunes)

These pieces have been selected for demonstration purposes and following this workshop, you will then be able to apply the techniques presented to passages within your own pieces.

A discounted ticket is also available for teachers or pianists who are interested in attending or obtaining the resources from all three sessions.

The session will be recorded and all participants will receive a link to view the video and any other resources featured as part of the workshop. Therefore, if you are unable to attend the session on the day, you will still be able to watch the video and access the resources at your convenience.

Subscriber discounts

Discounted tickets are available to Online Academy subscribers. Please sign-in to your account and the discount will be automatically added at the check-out. If you are not an Online Academy subscriber and would like to find out more about subscription options then please click here for further information.



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How to Play Fast (Combined Ticket)

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