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Piano Technique: Practicing Trills

It’s amazing how one can fill a whole page rhapsodizing about trills. But for me they are more OPERATIC, as if a splendid soprano were singing a Mozart aria, producing the most artfully beautiful alternation of two notes. These would be undulating, and grouped in such a way, that their lilt would be apparent. In fact, they could not be typewritten, because a singer would not use her fingers. Yet if we transfer trills to the piano, many players will approach them as static notes, without dipping or shaping them as a vocalist would.

In two videos, I attempt to rise above the mechanics of tapping neighbor notes back and forth, and “sing” through my trills by grouping them in my mind, knowing what I want to hear. In baby steps, I play through slow measured trills, artfully moving into tempo with grace and beauty. (listening attentively)

From the last 2 measures of Mozart Sonata in C, K. 545 (Exposition)

Mozart trill