Welcome to Day 6 of BWV 731 Mini Course! If you haven't seen the material from Days 1-5, access the previous lessons and a score here.
Hopefully, if you have been following my directions in the last 5 days, your playing of this chorale prelude is already getting better and better every day. Up until now you have learned all individual fragments and even combined fragments 1-2 and 3-4. Now it is a time to expand it even further and attempt to play the entire piece without stopping.
As always, take a slow tempo and make sure your fingering, pedaling, articulation, notes, rhythms, and hand position are correct. In order to achieve the best results, I recommend you play this chorale prelude at least 3 times in a row correctly.
If for some reasons some places in this piece are still difficult for you to play without mistakes, you can go back a few steps and play that particular fragment in solo voices and combinations of 2 and 3 voices.
Some people have been asking me questions about the difficulty in playing ornaments with the fingers of 3 and 4 which is often (but not always) the correct way to play the trills and mordents. The thing is that finger 4 is a very weak one.
The only way to improve the performance of ornaments in this case is to build up your finger technique. Some of the best ways to do that I found are through the regular studies of scales in double thirds and double sixths and Hanon exercises.
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