This week I’m going to demonstrate an important practice technique:
- Identify a difficult technical passage
- Extract the excerpt and practice it on its own
- Memorize the excerpt
- Vary and transpose the excerpt as widely as possible
As our source, we’ll take a well-known passage from George Enesco’s Légende:
First, let’s get away from the original and put it in “C”:
Underneath all the ink it’s not so complicated. Mostly a C augmented triad, filled in chromatically. It’s always helpful to start with a simple idea (and practice it out loud!).
Now we will start generating as many variations as possible. I like to think of practice variations as walking around a three-dimensional object: with every step we are seeing it from a slightly different angle and adding a new detail to our understanding:
As we established before, the possibilities for this kind of practice are limitless. Often I use interesting or difficult patterns from my repertoire to generate exercises in my fundamentals routine.