Fur Elise, help.

Fur Elise, help.

Fur Elise, help.    21:00 on Tuesday, January 10, 2006          
Posted by Archived posts

Ok I can play the right hand alrigth, but I just can`t seem to get the left hand right. I play all the correct notes, but I don`t know what I am doing wrong, when I play the song, it sounds way different than it does when other people play it. Maybe I`m playing the left hand too slow. Or Maybe I`m hitting the keys too hard. Has anyone had these same problems? Do you have any tips/hints? Like how can I practise to make my left hand play faster.

Re: Fur Elise, help.    18:26 on Wednesday, January 11, 2006          
Posted by Archived posts

Uhh, I don`t know if you`re talking about the main part or the harder, faster part. For the main part that everyone knows, the tempo is the same and you should know speed by ear. Just practice the left hand if you don`t have it yet. And for the harder parts, just practice hands seperate really slow, then start combining hands slowly. I`m not that good but when I did that I got the song down, so good luck! Hope I helped..

Re: Fur Elise, help.    19:25 on Wednesday, January 11, 2006          
Posted by Archived posts

Are you reading in bass lef for left hand, btw in bass clef everything is is one space or line lower then treble clef

Re: Fur Elise, help.    20:56 on Wednesday, January 11, 2006          
Posted by Archived posts

I am talking about the main part E D# E D# E, etc.
I think you guys are right, I should just keep practising my left hand. I`m getting better now, I just play my left faster, it sounds really well. I`m a begginer and this is my first piano song. But I think it is a good start, all the easy songs like joy to the world, etc, are too easy, and not fun at all.

Re: Fur Elise, help.    17:50 on Thursday, January 12, 2006          
Posted by Archived posts

Well just practice, practice, pratice. It also helps if you know someone who can play it well, or if you have a recording. Good luck

Re: Fur Elise, help.    19:59 on Friday, April 14, 2006          
Re: Fur Elise, help.    11:47 on Thursday, August 17, 2006          

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Posted by picuskomam

I just started to play Fur Elise. The right hand play now is not a problem, but I don`t know how to read the bass clef...can you help me? Thanks.

Re: Fur Elise, help.    15:16 on Thursday, August 17, 2006          

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Posted by AznBoi

I think one way to recognize what you are doing wrong is by listening to the recording of Fur Elise. When I listen to recordings of songs, it gives me a idea of how it should be played.

Re: Fur Elise, help.    21:47 on Sunday, August 20, 2006          

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Posted by busy_squirrel

I found my problem just being timing, two hands playing at two speeds. I'd say slow down and when you get them together, then start to speed up.

Re: Fur Elise, help.    03:36 on Tuesday, August 22, 2006          

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Posted by finntasia

The key is balance. Balance between the relative strengths of our right and left hand. Train your left hand to match the strength and versatility of the right. Play the right hand part with your left hand and feel how difficult it is to be subtle. You should find, over time, that as your left hand improves its relative strength, you will more easily be able to subtly vary its blend with the right. Good Luck.

Re: Fur Elise, help.    15:58 on Wednesday, October 25, 2006          

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Posted by pianogirl10

Yeah, I agree with pretty much everyone. I started Fur Elise 1 month ago and I had a problem like that, but then my teacher gave me some fingerings.

Re: Fur Elise, help.    19:06 on Thursday, November 02, 2006          

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Posted by music999man

I played Fur Elise a few years ago (and still do) and one of the things I had trouble with was focusing on the types of notes and not what notes are supposed to be played. If you don't focus on the timing of the notes and if you don't focus on keeping it "up to speed," you can learn it better. Also, I would suggest that you isolate the places that you are having trouble with; play them twenty or thirty times (literally). Start with the last measure you're having trouble with and play it some, then practice and add the measure before it and play both measures together, ect until you've finally learned those sections. Also, pay close attention to the fingering that you and your teacher have developed as the "comfortable" fingering for you and play with that fingering until you get to the point that you don't have to think about it. These are just suggestions. Keep chugging away at the piano. Don't give up and sooner or later, you will get it down. I have been playing for eight-and-three-quarters years and when I first started, I got frustrated almost gave up. I kept going when my piano teacher told me to keep trying. Trust me, you will get it if you keep trying.

Re: Fur Elise, help.    21:54 on Thursday, November 02, 2006          

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Posted by z07

When I learned that piece and when I learn any piece I slow it down until I can get accuracy. I even slow it down to the point of forgeting all timing and only play the correct notes and chords in order. Once I have the chart correct at a slower than normal performance speed I increase the speed until I start making errors again. I keep repeating at that speed until I can play faster. I go well past the normal performance speed eventually. It sounds aweful playing some songs much faster than they were intended. However, when I can play them very fast and still accurately I can then slow down to the normal performance speed and knock off the speed drills and move on to something else. I've never been a site-reader. I've always had to work out the songs one note or chord at a time and practice.

Re: Fur Elise, help.    08:46 on Friday, November 03, 2006          

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Posted by mat

I would advise you to focus more on technique of playing, I mean exrcises for fingering from Schmidt and technical schools from Carl Czerny + hard drilling of solfa exercises - it is the best possible training for getting skill, by drilling of solfa exercises you can get very "light" hands and it it will be much easier for you to handle the left and right hands and keep them balanced or one of them stronger if necessary

Re: Fur Elise, help.    16:23 on Friday, November 03, 2006          

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Posted by treblepilgrim

Play left hand arpeggios and your skill will increase to the point where your rhythm problems are more easily corrected when you play hands together.


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