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First Beethovenian Experiences

Playing the piano is a task that involves many hours of study and practice, in fact, probably if you genuinely have an interest in this precious instrument, you will never stop learning.

This particular post is dedicated to those who have been playing for some time, and who have gradually ceased to be beginners thanks to their effort and tenacity.

You will realize that the more you progress in your knowledge and piano skills, you will want to learn increasingly complex works, it may be that interpreting Beethoven’s works have crossed your mind. Beethoven, is one of the referents of all when thinking about the piano, not for nothing is considered for more than two centuries as one of the greatest of classical music.

The works of Beethoven, contrary to what you could believe, are not diBeethoven-piano-sonata-no.9-efficult to read, their scores are relatively simple, the challenge of Beethovenian music is the interpretive capacity.

It is a good idea to initiate with sonatas, you could start with No.1 Op2, for example, or with No.9 Op, 14

Beethoven Piano Sonata No.1 was one of the first sonatas of the Austrian genius, although not the first, dates from its earliest interpretive stage (1795). Following the tradition of the time, it consists of four movements.

While Piano Sonata No.9, Op 14, composed in 1798, introduces one of the characteristic labels of innovation of Beethoven Sturm und Drang, and is considered as a Sonata of few difficulties.

You can download  sheet music for beethoven f minor sonata, and Sonata number 9 in E Major and ask your teacher to explain all its implications.

To practice the sonata you must do it slowly the first few times, until you feel more confident. It is said that there is always a speed at which we are able to play perfectly. Practicing a complicated passage slowly allows us to do well from the beginning, thus, making use of muscle memory, hands learn the correct way to do it.

As we automate movements of short and slow passages, we can both increase the length of the fragments we study as the tempo we touch. Muscular memory is useful for everything, but it can really save us when it comes to a fast passage, however, to really be functional, you must pay attention to the following from the first moment:

Fingers: it is important to have clear fingers that you are going to touch and to have your muscles record them from the beginning and avoid changing them. Independent hands: the activity of each hand must be absolutely independent, so if one fails, but the other knows how to follow, it is very likely that the error hand can be reintegrated almost immediately.

About interpreting by memory is possible with Beethoven’s notes, it is important that you start memorizing only one piece for some time until you feel completely safe. When memorizing, it is important to learn each note with all its associated characteristics: height, duration, fingering, articulation, pedaling or phrasing, the more we use, the more confidence you we will get when interpreting from memory