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If anyone has played Liebestraum No. 3 (Love Dream) by Liszt, does anyone have any tips on how to play it?

Asked by AshlynM (10592points) June 7th, 2011

I’ve been struggling with this piece for years and I still haven’t got it perfect. To me, it’s one of Liszt’s easier pieces but I’m still having trouble with it.

Especially, with the two long runs that sound like a dream sequence or chimes. Those are my most troublesome spots. I can play parts of the song well, but once I try to put it all together, it comes out a jumbled mess.

I’ve been playing piano for almost all my life but I’m no professional. I mainly play for fun.

I’ve watched dozens of tutuorials on how to figure out the notes and I’m amazed at how fast people’s fingers fly over the keys.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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gailcalled's avatar

The trick to playing long fast runs that pearl up and down the keyboard is the boring work of practicing scales.

That means at least an hour a day working on speed and accuracy. Really good pianists practice for much longer than that, as I am sure you know. And it takes years for most musicians to become even proficient.

Maybe find another piece that suits your technique as it is now.

bobbinhood's avatar

@gailcalled is right. Many, many hours spent practicing technique and scales is what allows you to master those kinds of pieces. While I really did not enjoy the process, mastering The Virtuoso Pianist by Hanon was one of the best things I ever did for my teqchnique. I’ve also heard that Czerny’s School of Velocity is an excellent book to study for the kind of thing you’re struggling with. I’ve purchased the book and tend to agree that it should help with that, but I have not yet had the opportunity to work through it.

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