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Post by goodell on Tue Mar 03, 2009 8:11 pm

So I looked into learning the first movement of Moonlight Sonata, and when I went to look for it, I found 3 different versions of the music. One of them has at the top, "Original is in the key of C# minor." So I'm guessing someone modified it to make it easier for beginners? Is that correct? If so, which would be better to learn? If this question has already been answered somewhere, sorry! I did a quick search/browse and didn't find anything.
Here's 2 of the versions, I already lost the 3rd one Razz

http://www.music-scores.com/midi.php?sheetmusic=Beethoven_Moonlight_Sonata_easy

http://www.all-about-beethoven.com/pdf/beethoven/moonlightsonata_I.pdf

Thanks much!

-Eric
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Post by Thomandy on Tue Mar 03, 2009 9:07 pm


This is the correct one, and you should learn that one Smile Its a grade 4ish, and should be fairly easy if you give it time
and dedicate to it. Not a lot of movement in the lefthand so it shouldn't be technically that hard Smile But work a lot on the interpretation Wink This piece deserves a lot of feeling Smile
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Post by goodell on Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:13 pm

Wow quick response! Thanks much!!!! As far as the feeling thing goes, I'll give it a shot Wink

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Post by goodell on Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:42 am

Another question! So in the beginning of the 5th section (measure, whatever, I forgot what it's called, the middle of the second line), there is a chord for the left hand with I believe E C# G# C#. Am I the only one who can't reach that far? I can manage an octave pretty easily, but octave plus 2 whole steps is pushing it. Is it acceptable to drop the bottom C#? I'm pretty sure I read it right, but it's possible I misread it.

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Post by goodell on Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:57 am

Ok, I think I figured it out, but I'd like some confirmation Razz. Is that just a C# G# C# chord, and the E, along with the two notes moving up the scale from it played by the right hand? This seems to make sense, it just threw me off that it was in the bass staff (On a side note, is it called the bass staff or the bass clef? I think clef is just the symbol....?). If anyone could confirm, or reject this I'd appreciate it!

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Post by Admin Andrew on Fri Mar 06, 2009 7:51 am

goodell wrote:Ok, I think I figured it out, but I'd like some confirmation Razz. Is that just a C# G# C# chord, and the E, along with the two notes moving up the scale from it played by the right hand? This seems to make sense, it just threw me off that it was in the bass staff (On a side note, is it called the bass staff or the bass clef? I think clef is just the symbol....?). If anyone could confirm, or reject this I'd appreciate it!

Thanks,

Eric

Yup, if it's playable then that's the right way to do it. I'm not sure exactly what messure you're refering to but it sounds like you have the right idea.

You'd want to say "bass clef" not staff, staff is the lines that the clefs are on. Wink

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Post by Thomandy on Fri Mar 06, 2009 8:49 am

Yeah, you just have to strech thouse fingers some places in this piece. But youll get used to it. I know that kids that cant reach those 9ths that are in this piece: "Cheat" . You can use your left hand to play the lowest note, while you easly can play the melody, and fix it like that. Its not hard Smile
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