I call them bedposts — those places in a piece where you invariably stub your toe without thinking.
The thing is, they’re always the same places, and if you know that, then why not write them down, go through them one at a time, and deal with them instead of being taken by surprise by them every time?
So here are the bedposts for the five-sharp thing:
- There’s a point where the rocking octaves turn into a set of two triplets moving from BM to F# after the first theme. *stub!* OW!
- The movement into Abm where I have to clean up a little skippy bit with the pedal without making everything run together.
- A point where an Ab chord in the left hand has to be synced with an Eb in the right thumb.
- That octave leap in the right hand when I move from rocking octaves in F# to the same thing in mid-measure an octave up. That one I’ve pretty much dealt with a long time ago, but if I take my eye off it, it’ll pop out of place again.
- The change in color when I go from rocking octaves to the fast right-hand work in C#m. Gotta look ahead to that part or else I act shocked-by-Jove-shocked! by it every time.
- There’s a point just before the fanfare theme shows up again in the left hand where I need to remind myself to lay off the right hand a bit.
- The movement from F# to EM. Whoops! Look ahead!
- The second BM chord in the left hand after things settle back in BM again. In fact, all of those chords need to be mentally prepared for.
Anyhow, them’s tha bedposts for that piece. 🙂