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Practicing Lincolnshire Posy, Movement 4, Piccolo

Posted on: January 15, 2010

This movement has a technically fast passage that I’m taming on the piccolo. Here’s a couple things I’ve learned so far:

  • Practice the sextuplets with a duple feeling instead of a triple feeling, in addition to practicing with dotted rhythms, which also helps when learning fast passages.
  • Keep the thumb from sliding too far under the body of the instrument. (For some reason, this tends to be a problem for me on the piccolo.) Maintaining good hand position keeps the fingers of the left hand more curved and more “above” the keys, and more able to move freely.
  • Practice with a metronome. This helps tame the urge to practice it too fast before being able to play it at slower speeds.
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