Practice the above excerpt from "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ", BWV 639 by J.S. Bach this way. Have fun with the soprano clef in the upper stave - here the middle C is on the 1st line. The lower stave has the usual bass clef. Notice how the left hand part migrates from one stave to the other. Here are the practice steps:
1. Right hand alone
2. Left hand alone
3. Pedals alone
4. Both hands together
5. Right hand and pedals together
6. Left hand and pedals together
7. All staves combined with both hands and pedals
Take a slow tempo and aim for a detached articulate legato style and 3 correct repetitions in a row in each step.
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