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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 3:33 pm 
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Hi everyone... My sister stopped taking piano lessons a couple years ago, and hasn't practiced a whole lot since then. She just asked me if I have any suggestions for a relatively "easy" nocturne and or polonaise of Chopin to learn (she's going to start practicing more regularly again). I told her that I didn't have anything for her off the top of my head but that I'd get back to her about it... Any ideas?

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The "easiest" Polonaise to pull off is the 1817 (see attachment below). I don't think that this piece is that easy beacause, technically simple, it is hard to make beautiful and convincing music out of it. I hope i make sense.

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Yeah I know what you mean... Thanks for the download too

Any ideas for a nocturne?

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I think that for a nocturne, Op. 15, No. 3 in G Minor is probably one of if not the easiest one.

Op. 55, No. 1 in F Minor is a little bit more of a challenge if your sister finds the G Minor too easy (I'm not sure of her skill level). The posthumous C-sharp Minor nocturne is also easy for the most part, until the many-note scales at the end.

Do you have the scores to the nocturnes? If not, I'd be more than happy to post them!

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Yep she has the Nocturnes... If the F minor one is the same one that I'm thinking of, she played that before she stopped taking lessons (she wants to eventually relearn the things she played before but she doesn't want to start with that because it would be too frustrating to know what it feels like to play it but not be able to :P) I'll look at the G minor one and see if it would be appropriate for her level now... She might be able to look at the C#m posthumous but I'm not sure. I'll review it and see if I think she could (I played that one a while back too :D)

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There's an f-sharp minor one that's also not very difficult at all, and very nice.

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Yeah, the F-sharp Minor is very pretty. However, it might be difficult with the triplets in the left hand and the eighth notes in the right. Otherwise, it's fairly easy. I love the ending!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2008 12:53 pm 
I think, the Nocturne in Es would be good...I think it's not too difficult, I played it at...hmmm...the age of 12 years :wink:


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What about the posthumous A Minor nocture? If I remember correctly, that one is fairly simple.

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Do you mean E Minor? Because I'm pretty sure that Chopin never even wrote a nocturne in A Minor. Unless it was just discovered...

Now I'm praying that a new nocturne was just discovered, haha.

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Whoops! :oops:

I just realized my mistake...

I was thinking of the A Minor waltz... silly me... :oops: :oops: :oops:

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