Double notes legato

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  • #11815
    AvatarMax
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    I am learning my first melody with double notes and they sounds separately as I jump on keyboard with two fingers pressing them.
    Can you advise how to play double notes more smoothly?
    Thank you in advance.

    #11816
    Daren BanarsëDaren Banarsë
    Keymaster

    Hi Max, what fingers are you using, and which notes? A good way to practice this is placing both fingers on the notes (without pressing), so you have contact with the keys. From that place, try playing each note separately with both fingers maintaining contact with the keys. When you can do this, try playing both notes simultaneously. Listen, and see which note is playing first – when you know, you can make the finger movement of the other note faster, so they land at the same time.

    Let me know how you find this!

    #11817
    AvatarMax
    Participant

    Hello, Daren!
    Thank you for your answer.
    I am using the only 1,2,3 fingers. I don’t have problem with pressing 2 notes simultaneously. But I have gaps between pair of notes, as it is required to jump the same fingers to another pair of notes. I am learning this Japanese melody and from this place they have double notes https://youtu.be/ppgLO3vUEHk?t=29. May I ask you to advise optimal fingers, please?
    Thank you in advance.

    #11822
    Daren BanarsëDaren Banarsë
    Keymaster

    Hi Max, I’ve had a look at the music. If I was playing this, I’d use 5 fingers. I’ve written the finger numbers in red above the notes. Where there is a number in brackets, it means that you change the finger while holding the key down. This way you can get completely smooth legato with all notes.

    music score melodica

    To do this, I keep the 3rd finger bent, and play with the back of the finger/nail side.

    I hope this helps!

    #11823
    AvatarMax
    Participant

    Daren, thank you very very much for your advice! I will use your fingering.

    #11824
    Daren BanarsëDaren Banarsë
    Keymaster

    Great, good luck 🙂

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