The Easiest Chopin Piece To Play
Most of Chopin's pieces are pretty hard to play. Just think about his ballades, nocturnes, concertos, and etudes. He was a very virtuositic pianist and wrote music that is not for beginners or intermediates. However, we have one piece that is easy and accessible. It's the famous Waltz In A Minor. I would rate this piece about a level 4 or 5 and in any case it is probably Chopin's most played composition.
This piece is very popular with my students. In fact, it was so popular that I decided to write a book about it. Here is where my Chopin Practice Guide was born. Year after year I was teaching it to my students and always saying the same things to each one. That's how I knew that this would be a good use of my time. So I decided to write a guide where I showed exactly, note by note, a good way to approach and practice the particular Chopin piece. Now, as a disclaimer, I fully understand just how limited my practice guide is. There is a lot more to the music which I did not cover, but the bottom line is that its ten times better to play the book then to follow the usual bad habits that most inexperienced students have anyway.
Since the piece is quite simple to begin with, in my practice guide I just added a few exercises with right hand and then with the left hand. Its all very straightforward. The only complicated part was the E Major arrpeggio. Here I wrote out a few different ways of exercising the passage and polishing it up. The E Major spot is the only spot my students ever have trouble with and hence the only spot that really needed special attention in my book. I also provide a right hand only and a left hand only version of the entire piece. Its pretty useful to have for different purposes. Anyway, please enjoy! Thanks!