Skeleton Practice

Deconstructing the Score (3)

Blocking one hand and playing the other

Here is the opening of Mozart’s Sonata Facile, K545, where we might begin by blocking out the LH: Beethoven: Pathétique Sonata, Op. 13 In the second subject of Beethoven’s Pathétique Sonata, Op. 13 (1st movement), blocking the LH chord shapes temporarily simplifies the requirements of the LH, allows us to feel the rate of harmonic change (very slow actually - one harmony lasts for four bars) and also enables us to focus our attention on the challenges of playing the RH: The original: The blocked version: Practise this way...

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