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 Brahms No.1 in F minor Movt. 1 Technique??
Author: J-MB 
Date:   2018-04-12 00:38


I was wondering if you could give any suggestions on how to make the runs in Brahms 1 more mangeable? I have to play this for all state auditions which are due at the end of may, and for the most part, I have the musicality down(which comes naturally to me.) I understand this is a very mature piece of music and I want to know if you could give some insight. Thanks!

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 Re: Brahms No.1 in F minor Movt. 1 Technique??
Author: nellsonic 
Date:   2018-04-12 01:14

There are so many ways to go about this, and the more tools you have the better your results will be. Also the process will be more fun. I'm sure others will chime in, but for now you might find this very helpful:


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 Re: Brahms No.1 in F minor Movt. 1 Technique??
Author: Ken Lagace 
Date:   2018-04-12 16:52

The way I practice this particular type of problem is to take all the difficult 'runs' separately. Play each as fast and as CLEANLY as you can, over and over. Mark down its metronome mark and that is your max tempo for today for that run. Be fussy and honest and mark them by the cleanest playing. Then on to the next run. At the end of today's practice, you have a bunch of benchmarks for each run to increase tomorrow. You may be surprised that next day you will be able to play each a metronome mark or two faster. Electric metronomes jump by four marks or more but the smart phone metronomes I have can up the tempo one at a time. Even at one metronome mark a day, by the end of May you will be way too fast.
Always be able to play all runs too fast, so under pressure you can relax and slow down to the proper tempos.
Let me know in a week how this method works for you.
Also, I always like to start at the end and move backward toward the beginning. Then under pressure, you are always playing toward the parts that you have practiced the most. It is a nice and comfortable way to perform.

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