Hey,hey,hey!!! Where's the fire? SLOW!---YOUR!---SELF!---DOWN! !:x!
The point of this etude is to get the pianist to realize that if he goes outside his current skill level, by just the tiniest margin, this whole piece breaks down. John, I'm telling you! If you would simply reduce your speed
to the point where you're in 100% control
, your performance could be 10 times better. In your new recording
your performance "tempo" stumbles
along at about 138, it varies
, alot. I can say right away that this performance tempo is too fast!
I can also tell that you are not counting out loud
, as I had once suggested. I hope I'm not seeming like a perfectionistc taskmaster but this is a high maintenance piece
that demands a type of vigilance most of us don't have. A pianist could spend ten years working out ALL the kinks and still be unable to get this etude's tempo over 144. A far more reasonable solution is to strive for artistic meaning over speed.
For the latter's purpose let's choose a final goal tempo.
Between 104 and 116 is fast enough to flow and slow enough to prevent muscle tightening. A too fast tempo invariably creates interference (friction).
Any tempo that is too fast, binds the hands and mind in an unwinnable (and totally unnecessary) civil war.
Here's a trick I used when I was in my struggling phase of these Titanic pieces.
Set your metronome to 54 and count
the clicks as: One-eee-ann-duh, making sure you say the words legato and on one breath. After a few repetitions, set the m.m. aside and switch it off for the moment.
Next, with the goal of synchronizing your breathing with your playing
, listen to a professional recording of this etude while counting aloud as described above. (I can e-mail a rec. to you.) Following the professional, follow along with the score and at the bottom of each arp, count "ONE", at the third beat count "EE", at the very peak count "AND", and on the seventh beat count "UH" Continue the pattern, saying Two-eee-ann-duh, et cetera. By doing this, you will train your ear to recognise notes in groups of eight instead of
(the very wrong) group of four
Then you must translate the hearing of the notes in groups of eight into playing them that way.
We've come full circle. To make your fingers obey you mind, set your metronome to 54 and count the clicks as: One-eee-ann-duh, making sure you say the words legato and on one breath. Then play the etude @54 while counting aloud ONE-eee-ANN-duh, TWO-eee-ANN-duh, playing eight notes per syllable.