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05-04-2013, 13:59   #1
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Bach 2 part Invention No 13 in A Minor

Have been doin this piece for the last few weeks and i seem to be making same misakes despite taking these parts out and practicing them . Ant tips on how to approach this ? Also thepace of the piece is very fast , would you be expected to play it at this pace in an exam ?

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It's not too difficult - just take it apart, hands separately and then put it back together one bar at a time with both hands.

The pace isn't VERY quick either - if you play it too fast in the exam you'll probably get marked down for it. You want it to sound fluent not hurried.
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Have been doin this piece for the last few weeks and i seem to be making same misakes despite taking these parts out and practicing them . Ant tips on how to approach this ? Also thepace of the piece is very fast , would you be expected to play it at this pace in an exam ?

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Hi, just saw your post. What's the underlying reason for your making the errors? Is it technical, rhythmic? How you fix the problem will depend completely on your working that out.

You mention the tempo: if it's supposed to be played as Allegro/Very Fast, you would have to build it up gradually over the course of a few weeks. In other words, it's a no-no to be playing a piece as Allegro if it's several weeks/ months before the exam. You might have to give me some more details on that one for me to work it out. A lot depends on the amount of time you have, i.e., the time frame; the grade; the amount of practice you are doing, etc.

You could also try:
1. Learn the piece off by heart, hands sep., slowed down.
2. Change the rhythm of the tricky passages - sep. hands is a must. For example, it it's four notes that are giving you trouble, play note 1-2 as a demisemiquaver-semiq., and then play notes 3,4 as semiquavers as well. Then do the same with note 2 i.e., play as a demisemiquaver. Then same with notes 3, 4 etc., regardless of the actual original rhythm. THEN play it again exactly the way it is meant to be played. I guarantee you will notice a big difference.

You would have to tell me (i) the exact bars that you were having difficulty with (ii) the grade/level for me to help you more on this!
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09-05-2013, 13:36   #4
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2. Change the rhythm of the tricky passages - sep. hands is a must. For example, it it's four notes that are giving you trouble, play note 1-2 as a demisemiquaver-semiq., and then play notes 3,4 as semiquavers as well. Then do the same with note 2 i.e., play as a demisemiquaver. Then same with notes 3, 4 etc., regardless of the actual original rhythm. THEN play it again exactly the way it is meant to be played. I guarantee you will notice a big difference.
Definitely true - cello teacher tried this with me before. First I'd ever heard of it and it did the job
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