Piano songs - Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March)

Many piano songs have chords that follow one after another which separated by a wide interval. Reaching them to play with accuracy can be challenging as explained here together with the solution suggestions.

Was it proper of me to be surprised seeing an ornament in the form of appoggiatura in Rondo Alla Turca? Of course not, it should be welcomed as an opportunity for personal growth as an aspiring pianist. A much needed challenge to raise my standards. 

So I have decided to play them as much as possible like Mozart would have wanted. Because he has created something that never existed before, therefore it has to be rendered in a specific way. I was hoping by dedicating myself to playing it to perfection I would be able to fathom the mechanics of his musical gift.


Speaking of which, the mechanics involved in moving from one chord to another is an interesting one. In Image 1, because the notes in a chord are located in close proximity to the notes making up the next one, it is only a matter of finger placements.

Chords separated by a wide
interval in piano songs

But what if they are separated by several intervals? As shown in Image 2 for example. 

Jump towards them, of course! 


The more pressing question I should be asking is how to jump from one chord and land on the next one accurately? 

Looking at the chords shown in Image 2 as an example, firstly press down on the two note chord of ‘A’s, hold it while you think about the next chord you intend to jump to next, its location and better still if you are able to recall the key signature. Make the jump, land on the surface of the keys without actually playing them. Examine your fingers to see that you have landed precisely on the center. If you have, only then do you press down on the keys to play them. Use the two note chord of ‘A’s from which you made the jump as a springboard to catapult yourself to your desired destination. 

I have often been to told to focus on one target if I wanted to be successful. The advise holds true even when applied to a narrower field such as our task at hand of landing accurately on a chord.  

My target is to land on the two note chord of 'E's, but I do not have to land on all two notes at the same time. Be mindful of the difference between landing on the keys and actually pressing down on them to make the sound.

Think of where to go next in the piano songs

Select the key you wish to land on in advance, make the move then touch the remaining key. Once you are firmly in position press down to play them. As I explained in an earlier article, to layer the sound of a chord, the upper notes should be played more pronounced compared to the others, so I usually choose to land on the upper note, in this case the ‘E’ on the higher octave. Having said that though you should always select what is most comfortable for you. Not like it is carved in stone right 

Finger placements to play the notes of chords located nearby to each other are a lot less complicated than landing accurately on a chord if it is separated further apart. To arrive precisely on location, use the keys you are on as a springboard to launch yourself. Before lift-off think about the location of the chord you are headed towards.  

Land on the surface of the keys silently. Meaning to say make contact with them without making a sound. Certain that you are firmly in position on the center of keys, press down to finally play them. Broaden your interpretation of chords in the piano songs with added musicality in the articulation by layering the sounds they make. It is accomplished by playing the upper note in the chord more pronounced than the rest.

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