Spread, rolled or arpeggiated?
Exercises for spread chords
Exercises for straight chords
Start from the tricky bars and work at a slow and steady speed. Play all the chords straight. Remember to place fast and play slow, especially for the left hand.
Starting to spread
Once you can play the whole piece through at a steady tempo (however slow – it needs to be consistent!), you can add the spreads. Make sure that your left hand is placed early, because it needs to start playing slightly before the right hand.
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