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Easiest Etude?

Postby étudiant on Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:05 pm

I'm just about done learning op.25 no.1 and was wondering which etude I should attempt next. The Harp Study's about all the difficulty I can take--with that said, which etudes are easier (or easiest) out of op. 10 and 25?

In particular I've been wondering about the relative difficulty of op.10 no.3 and 5 and op.25 no.2, 9, and especially 12. Any tips?
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Postby nathf on Thu Jun 22, 2006 1:27 pm

If you say that you can play the op25 no1, then thats pretty good by itself. If you want a really easy to learn one, look at the three nouvelles etudes (only two pages each). The first one focuses on having a single voice melody in the right hand playing six notes a bar in the time the left hand plays 8. This is great for your brain, getting used to that awkward timing. And this is the kind of thing you would practice before learning something like fantasie impromptu (same sort of timing). Thats a pretty easy etude. Or like you said, the 25-2 is relatively simple, and happens to focus on that same awkward timing issue too (but is longer and played presto, therefore generally more difficult).
Op10-12 isnt as hard as it looks. It repeats quite a bit. If your up to a bit of a challenge, try that. Nice left hand workout.
As for Op25-12, well, thats a bit harder...
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Postby étudiant on Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:32 pm

Thanks for the tips. I wouldn't have guessed that the Revolutionary Etude is doable for someone like me--I may, in fact, attempt it at some point.

I've actually been working on two of the "Nouvelles" Etudes and yeah, they're easier. I was wondering specifically about the 24 Etudes proper--which are easier than the Harp Study? And of all the ones I'd like to learn, is the Butterfly Etude one of them?
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Postby johnmar78 on Wed Jun 28, 2006 10:56 pm

I played the revoulutionary study since 12 years ago, but at the time, I could not reach the "concert" speed. I mean like the one played on the cd like the masters. In the last few months I am getting closer....but as a pianst, there is a room for improvement. I dnt mean faster is better. I mean for this particular piece, you really need a bit up tempo to get that feel and anger.

Try the butterfly etude, its the shortest one, or try the b flat one(preto).
I found these two are the easiest and to play by heart.

I hope this helps

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Postby PJF on Sat Jul 08, 2006 9:31 am

By far, opus 10 No. 5 is the easiest. The "black key" etude.

Be sure to concentrate on the left hand part, it is the conductor to this etude's orchestra.

There must be an unbroken legatissimo in the right hand and an extremely accurate and even staccato in the left hand.



The most important thing is to play it beautifully. Savor all the weird overtones caused by the mixing of the two hands. Try to put that strange, musical twist to it.

After you've fully succeeded in this task, only then increase speed.

Just resign yourself to the fact that you can play it fast but you choose to play it beautifully! It's not a horse race, it's Chopin. Patience, my friends!

No one will mind if it's played very slowly.

If, however, you play it so fast the sound suffers, you will look like (and actually be) a fool.
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Re: Easiest Etude?

Postby pianola on Wed Oct 17, 2007 11:55 pm

try opus 25 no 2. its easy once u get the hang of it.
and try Revolutionary Etude next. its not exactly the easiest but its really nice sounding and fun to play. the sight reading might scare u for a SECOND and then u realized its actually playable. :D
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