I think I hacked a cheap way to hit that high F# chord in the right hand. First … Okay, ignore my left hand, difficult as that is. Second — and here’s the Sneaky Bastard part — when you are slapping out a sfz chord up on the black keys, it’s easier to miss the wrong ones than to hit the right ones. I mean, there’s only five of them up there. Just aim for the right root and slap, and be careful to miss the G#. The D# is an easy miss; that’s under the fourth finger anyhow, which is a lazy slob at the best of times.

So anyhow, I’m just sort of doing this angry elephant seal thing with that chord, and it seems to be working and giving me the sfz that I need to boot. Whee! Nothing like a regulation shortcut to boost your mood. There’s so few of them when it comes to music.