A Practical Guide to Forearm Rotation

Repertoire Examples - Advanced Repertoire

Chopin - Étude, Op. 10 No. 12

I am going to spend a little time with this example, focussing on the LH from bar 9. It goes without saying that the left arm must move on the horizontal plane if the hand is to progress across the keyboard. One of the most common mistakes in arpeggio passages is the tendency to drop the elbow down onto the thumb (or the note that comes just after the thumb), so in all the following exercises we’re going to make sure we don’t do that. As the arm moves across, the forearm is free to make rotary...

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