More Tips on practicing Beethoven’s Fur Elise using a rolling motion, weight transfer, undulating wrist, and relaxed arm swing (Video)

Today’s lesson with an adult student produced a helpful video that focused on the second section, page 1–but was devoted in large part, to examining measures 9-15 in the following ways:

1) for the execution of a rolling motion across four notes with a slight crescendo through B-C-D to E (B C and D form an upbeat of 16th notes) to downbeat E, a dotted-eighth note marked MF (Medium loud) The ensuing measures sustain the MF.

2) for weight transfer pertaining to the above

3) for a sense of relaxation in the arms and wrists

4) for voice balance between the treble and bass parts

5) for an interweaving between the hands, but still fleshing out the treble melody.

In prior videos, this same adult student practiced voicing right hand chords in the C section starting at measure 62:

Part 1

Part 2

Play through:


About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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3 Responses to More Tips on practicing Beethoven’s Fur Elise using a rolling motion, weight transfer, undulating wrist, and relaxed arm swing (Video)

  1. Veronica says:

    Very nice piece…I was just working on this piece…and was happy to see this post…this is very helpful….I am having the same issues…love the instruction/technique on singing the notes and creating the same sound through the technique.


  2. purisima says:

    I love Shirley Kirsten


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