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Piano Lesson: Refining the pedaling in Chopin’s Waltz no. 19 in A minor (Op. Posthumous)

Pedaling and its refinement were under consideration following an adult student’s initial reading of the Chopin Waltz. This piano lesson was transmitted by Skype to Sydney, Australia.

3 thoughts on “Piano Lesson: Refining the pedaling in Chopin’s Waltz no. 19 in A minor (Op. Posthumous)”

  1. Shirley, thanks a lot for all your available lessons. I am struggling these days with what people think is the easiest Chopin’s waltz after this, No 10 In B Minor, Op 69,2.
    I am studying the first part (minor) only, and although I think I reached a good result when playing without pedal, as soon as I add the pedaling the result is horrible. Too empty or too full. I tried what you suggest as well, not to pedal after the second beat, but it sound too empty from one bar to the other. I try to keep the left hand as light as possible, but sometimes it’s so light I dont even press the keys!
    To be honest you are not the first one suggesting to remove pedal after the second beat of the bar, but I dont understand how this would not result in a lack of legato from one bar to the other. I see the right hand should help joining the bars, but what I do is somehow wrong. Also, it doesnt help to me the fact I worked on this piece during the summer months, when I am without teacher.
    And btw, my favorite so far is this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bh9R1UK3kK4
    thanks!

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    1. No pedaling is set in stone. When the B minor Waltz ripens into tempo, and you can manage one pedal per measure or a variation of without blurring too much, then go for it.
      In the act of playing we respond to the harmonic rhythm and melodic contours. Best to use your ear to guide you.

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