Bach: Prelude 1 from the Well Tempered Clavier: Bars1-4

This is a sample from my ebook: "Bach, Prelude 1 from the Well Tempered Clavier", soon to be published.

Left Hand in Pictures

Following are the procedures for playing all the chords in this piece.

There is a clear sequence of movements which has to made conscious during the learning or troubleshooting phase. When performing, all these stages will happen very rapidly and fluidly.

The arrow indicates the main axis of the chord. The starting point of the arrow shows the first note which needs to be played.

There are two types of chord:

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  1. Simple Presentation - only 1 axis in the chord
  2. Mixed Presentation - more than one axis in the chord

Bar 1: C

  1. Put the 3rd finger on C (5th string, 3rd fret).
  2. Move your elbow towards your body until the fingers fall along the axis shown by the arrow.
  3. By a slight expansion of the posture, contain the strings.

 

Bar 2: Dm/C

  • The axis changes slightly
  • Leave the 3rd finger on C
  • Relax the other fingers
  • Let the arm drop slightly towards the floor.
  • By a slight expansion of the posture, contain the strings.

 

Bar 3: G/B

  • No common tones with previous chord
  • Relax fingers and let them float away from the frets
  • Move your elbow AWAY from your body until the fingers fall along the axis shown by the arrow.
  • Put the 1st finger on B (5th string, 2nd fret)
  • Let the 3rd and 4th fingers fall onto D and G
  • By a slight expansion of the posture, contain the strings.

 


Bar 4: C

  • No common tones with previous chord
  • Relax fingers and let them float away from the frets
  • Move your elbow TOWARDS your body until the fingers fall along the axis shown by the arrow.
  • Put the 3rd finger on C (5th string, 3rd fret).
  • Move your elbow towards your body until the fingers fall along the axis shown by the arrow.
  • By a slight expansion of the posture, contain the strings.