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Fwiw, a few years ago I was assigned the Chopin Op. 10 No. 1 - with no more than half speed to be reached. I came in as a "transfer student" in the sense that as a child I had been handed a piano and a set of sonatinas, primarily Clementi with no teacher - in the late 1960's - no Internet, not models. Then for 35 years had not piano.

The "technique" I developed was in fact what my grandmother had been taught to do - motionless arms, round hands, round hammering fingers - and I had to unlock from all that. Apparently the repertoire itself shaped this. After a few years my teacher assigned the Chopin etude. I relearned how to move via that etude, step by step by step. I have a "time lapse" where the difference can be seen and heard.

A good teacher will work with what is in front of him, use his judgment, knowledge, and experience, and assign accordingly. The only way any other teacher would know whether the decision was proper would be to see and hear the student, and maybe see that student's playing before and after.

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I am stepping out of this discussion.

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Originally Posted by bennevis
Your teacher did not assign you Op.10/12 out of her own volition because she thought you were ready for it. She "let" you learn it because you told her you wanted to learn Chopin Etudes.
If that's what you want to believe, suit yourself.

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Originally Posted by bennevis
Your teacher did not assign you Op.10/12 out of her own volition because she thought you were ready for it. She "let" you learn it because you told her you wanted to learn Chopin Etudes.
If that's what you want to believe, suit yourself.
It's not what I believe, it was what you wrote.


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I see no point in justifying myself further. My teacher didn't "let" me learn it, and expecting someone to elaborate on that is unreasonable.

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The other day, talking to someone after a busy day, I said "Would you like a fried envelope?" Both of us knew I meant "omelet". If someone were to then insist that I fry up paper products like envelopes, because "that's what I said", well that's absurd. This is why you ask people to clarify, you ask questions, you don't assume what they are saying, or even that their words are an accurate reflection (how they said it or how you heard it), or what they must be saying because "that's what this kind of person always does" etc.

Again, Ranjit, I think you're wasting your time. wink

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