Welcome, this is Terry Ewell. Weissenborn study #31 emphasizes fast and fluid fingering. I am not going to repeat practice methods presented earlier in studies such as 11, 14, 16, and 27, but I remind you to make ample use of rhythms and especially sprints.

Throughout this study I use my fast fingerings for Eb3 and Db4.




Line 5 has some particularly difficult measures to play. It is very important that your sprints don’t stop at the measure line but go to the next note. Create segments that go to the next measure. The leaps are the most difficult part of the passage.


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This is another study where rapid breathing is necessary. In some ways it reminds me of the last movement of the Tansman Sonatine.


Example Tansman.Tansman, 3rd Mov.

Both the Tansman Sonatine and this study require rapid breathing in the middle of quick notes. The quickest way to catch a breath is to breathe by dropping the jaw, not raising the head.



Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God; (NKJV, Philippians 4:6)

你们应该一无挂虑,凡事都接着祷告和祈求,以感恩的心将你们的需要告诉上帝。(当代译本,腓立比书 4:6

We live in a time of great anxiety. This is particularly the case for musicians.


I worry about my performance ability, my reeds, or the demands of a difficult piece of music. I worry about living up to the expectations of others and particularly achieving my own demanding goals. Do you have these kinds of worries as well?


This verse from the Bible has provided great comfort for me. From this verse I realize that I can approach God with my worries and anxieties. He will listen! I can express my worries to Him and He will provide relief.