Welcome, this is Terry Ewell. Weissenborn gave the key of C# major for this study in his original collection of 60 studies. Perhaps the key signature was changed because there is no other study in Db major in the present collection of 50.


There are three aspects of study #40 I want you to notice. We have dealt with all of these aspects in prior studies, so this will reinforce what you have already learned.


The transitions from divisions of three to four in the first line are made all the more difficult with the eighth note on the down beat. I suggest you practice this with a metronome in these ways. First tongue on a monotone the divisions of threes and fours.


Then tongue the rhythm as printed on a single tone. Now practice the passage as printed.


Line 1

Slurred notes often sound louder than tongued notes. If anything, you need to give more air to the tongued notes.


Don’t play like this:


(Example with accented slurred notes—2 measures
Instead keep the dynamic even.)

Instead keep the dynamic even.


(Example no accents –2 measures)

In line 6, measure 2 the notes are difficult to perform. Put to use rhythms and sprints here. If you need to review these principles please look at the earlier videos in this series.


The breath indicated in the study by Weissenborn is  rare! He gives only two breath marks in all of the studies and this is the first one. It indicates not only a place to breathe but also the start of new musical material.



…there are a whole set of inner problems that we also face and which directly affect our outer performance…As we turn to examine the inner world, with its teeming doubts and hopes and expectations, we need to know just what is going on inside us.


Barry Green, The Inner Game of Music (New York: Doubleday, 1986), pp. 11-12.

Inner Game of Music

As a musician you are probably figuring out that music is more than just physical sound, it is something internal. Music moves our emotions and stirs our inner life. It is out of this inner life that musicians bring forth their music.


Barry Green with co-author W. Timothy Gallwey both recognize that there is an important connection between the “inner game” and the “outer game.” Timothy Gallwey in his well-known book The Inner Game of Tennis presents this relationship with practical approaches to tennis playing skills.


Turmoil in your inner life will bring forth turmoil in your outer life. Peace in your inner life will bring forth peace in your outer life. Your inner life determines the course for many aspects of your existence.