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This etude focuses on working fast arpeggio figures; particularly the p,a,m,i — p,i,m,a pattern. It also features melodies in the bass strings, and on the same string.
This intermediate etude primarily focuses on working fast arpeggio figures, mainly p,i,m,i. A similar approach can be found in other Chopin etudes where you have ascending and descending motion. Thank you all! Hopefully, I made good progress.
I'm not trying to connect each note, not anymore! With my teacher we're working on wrist movements during my playing in general, to avoid stiffness.
Demillac, Yvon. Arpeggio étude
So, in order to play the arpeggio fluently upwards and downwards, the wrist should go up and down ascending: down on the thumb and up on the fifth, or fourth whatever. I've noticed that I can manage to keep my hand relaxed in those bars, and in general during the ascending line of every arpeggio. When it comes to the return, going down my hand and my wrist are not so smooth!
For example: bar 9, the jump F-D in the descending line of the first arpeggio On F my wrist goes up and on D it goes down.
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Of course at fast tempo the movement of the wrist won't be visible, but still, the hand will be supple. I'm practicing it with only two notes, F and D going through the all keyboard.
I think it's common technique used in all arpeggios, but how much rotation should I use to get my fifth finger past "over" the thumb? Or it should be only horizontal movement of the wrist? Anyway, it's not that bad, the tempo is quite there and this work is made to keep everything relaxed during the entire etude and to add strength and smoothness.
By now, the notes hit by the fifth finger after the thumb, going down has an accent, due to poor relaxation. I'd like to know what are your thoughts on wrist dynamics, not only for this etude!