Capriccio Italien

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    Nancy Williams

    I am working on the Capriccio Italien and my fingers are refusing to cooperate with the passage from bars 537-544. Any suggestions regarding making this section any easier to play (other than practice it a lot, which I am already doing)? It’s 4 bars of Fsharp-Gsharp-A (just above the tenor clef staff) followed by 4 bars of Gsharp-A-B.



    Christopher Weait

    Nancy, A fast and awkward passage! Try using these fingerings:

    F#: 1/2 x x | x x o F
    G#: 1/2 x x | o o o F
    A: 1/2 x x | o o o F
    LTH: A, C#

    Use same G# and A fingerings then go to
    B: 1/2 x o | x x o F

    Fingering purists will say you shouldn’t use a 1/2 hole on high A and B, but it works for this very fast passage.

    The high B is very unsatisfactory if you try playing that fingering as a sustained note.

    The nice thing about this fingering pattern is that you can keep the F key down and you don’t have to use the RH3 on the G key (a very awkward movement at any tempo)

    Good luck, crw

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