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Piano Instruction: Practicing the “windy” chromatic scale of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise”

After a stream of graceful arpeggiated triplets, a “windy” sounding, descending chromatic scale leads artfully back to the opening theme that concludes “Fur Elise.”

The traditional chromatic fingering I’ve inserted in the score corresponds to the 1/2-step sequence beginning on Bb: Black/white, Black/white Black/White/White etc. 3, 1, 3, 1, 3, 2, 1 etc.

Video Instruction

Through a lesson-in-progress with an adult student, I fleshed out ways to phrase, shape, and smooth out these referenced measures permeated by rolling triplet figures.(79-85)

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Quality spot-practicing by an adult student: Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” (Video)

Marie, a motivated adult student, revisited piano studies after a decades-long hiatus. When she resumed lessons about 6 years ago, she made “Fur Elise” her goal-setting piece.

Following long-term scale and arpeggio exposure accompanied by a detailed focus on minuets, short character works, sonatinas and the Chopin Waltz in A minor No. 19, Op. Posthumous, Marie made a smooth transition to learning one of the most popular pieces in the piano literature.

Here’s a snatch of her spot-practicing tricky measures 68-69 in the “stormy” C section of the composition.

Quality time spent isolating voices in slow tempo, listening attentively, and sculpting phrases with relaxed arms and a supple wrist advances fluidity and a beautiful singing tone.

Spot-practicing measures that need extra work and refinement, gets to the heart of learning, moving a student into a new universe of enjoyment.

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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:

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