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Quick notes on left hand jumps in Scarlatti Sonatas

October 31, 2021

S.E.’s lesson 10/30/21:

1. Extreme lightness of the arm. Aim for there being no difference between remaining still with the arm and travelling horizontally with the arm.

2. Make sure the hand is balanced around the finger that plays each note.

3. Travel faster with the arm so you get to the vicinity of the note sooner and  have a fraction of second to check the alignment of the finger with the key.

4. Feel the left pinkie extend through the ligaments ? from third knuckle to wrist and use the entire length of the newly “elongated” pinkie.

5. Braille. We’ll use F-Natural as an example. If you are jumping up to an ‘F’ you can feel for the left side of the F-Sharp key as a barrier, or backboard  from which to ricochet onto the F.

If you are going down to an F ‘almost’ feel the clump of three black note as  an indication of where to find the final destination lying to its side.

6. “It’s just (for example) an F going to an F: the common experience of an octave (even a unison). You go to look for the other F in what seems like a different, somewhat distant neighboring village.  But like Alice you haven’t gone anywhere at all. The surroundings,  the houses and topology, are  exactly the same as in the first town. Did you actually move at all?

If both notes are not both F’s it’s still “just” a C (E.G.) going to an F. Like any C going to any F. It’s just a fourth. No matter what direction you are going  in.

7. If you are playing for example (in the left hand) f2 f4 c2 f4. On the way to the c2, stop by the f2 (your hand still remembers where the f2 is from a moment earlier, and then travel the additional fourth to c2.


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