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Lesson: Lesson #10Lesson0000060

{{#vardefine:parm1| Quotation }}{{#vardefine:parm2| title }}Quotation There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is to hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. ~ Johann Sebastian Bach

{{#vardefine:parm1| Score0000052 }}{{#vardefine:parm2| title }}Score0000052 Things to give Bach:

  • Tone. Lots of tone.
  • Articulation.
  • Voicing.


  • Give the 8th notes more value. Play them detached, not staccato. Detached will lengthen their value, and increase the tone.
  • With the 8th notes, play them assertively. Raise your hand off the keys, if this helps to bring them out.
  • Voices can overlap. One voice does not end, followed a note later by the other voice starting. It is more common for one voice to quiet down, while the new voice ramps up over a bar or two.
  • Balance. When the Left Hand and Right Hand compete, always make the Right Hand win. Decrease the Left, increase the Right.
  • Because Bach is usually about voices/balance, practicing each hand separately is not recommended.

Specific Bars:

  • Bars 2-3. Bar 3 is an exact imitation of Bar 2. ie The Bar 2 16th notes (F, E D C D C B . . .) occur again an octave lower in Bar 3.
  • Bars 5-6. Tonal balance. The Right Hand should project a little more. As the passage drops down the clef, decrescendo.
  • Bars 15-19. Bar 19 is a mirror image of Bar 15. Don't bang the repeated notes (Bar 15-A, Bar 19-E); soften it.
  • Bars 32-End. Forte. And don't slow down.

{{#vardefine:parm1| Homework }}{{#vardefine:parm2| title }}Homework The format of the group lesson will change a little bit. In addition to the usual repertoire, we will cover pieces from the past. What pieces? It is entirely your choice. . . and 11 other people's. Choose your top one or two pieces from our extensive list. Submit your choice(s) next lesson. Then the 12-24 choices from our group will be submitted to the CHAN™ process; that is, Collected, Harmonized, Analysed and Numerated.

The CHAN™ process will pop out an ordered listing of pieces for the next few lessons. You can choose to prepare, or not, each selection. We will then have one, two, or max three people play the piece. Hint: If the piece is one that you chose, you should want to play it.

As this process is not secretive, my choice is:

  1. {{#vardefine:parm1| Score0000036 }}{{#vardefine:parm2| inline }}Score0000036

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  • Technique: G Major, aka F Major. Possible but not probable.
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