Lindeman Fast?

Followup to the first critique on the Lindeman, this one deals more with the speed at which you play it.  Tim played it rather quickly in the first recording he sent in.  (This recording was done over a phone message)


1. Slowing down a lot, factor of 2 or 3.

2. Work on making movements with fingers that are smooth and even.

These are very similar to my previous recommendations, but the need for reducing the speed was even more clear in this case.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Alan January 11, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Hi Neal
I have problem playing Lindeman exercise evenly in speed. I start slow at first then speed up at the end. It may be caused by I am usually out of breath at the end of measure


Neal January 12, 2013 at 2:03 am

Hey Alan,
Feel free to take breaths as often as you need to. You could play four notes and then breathe, that would be fine.


Manuel Gonzalez January 16, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Neal: One thing that I use to get a steady pace while playing is using a metronome. Also, I try to take a breath every two measures. So, I’m planning to do this with the Lindeman exercise that will allow me to have a better control over the speed and breathing. Also, planning to play at 60 bpm as my tempo.


Neal January 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Hey Manuel,
In general, a metronome could be a good idea, but I wouldn’t recommend it for the Lindeman. The metronome would introduce an element of artificial control. You want to to develop the control yourself. Go ahead and practice other things with a metronome, scales can be good for example.


Manuel Gonzalez January 21, 2013 at 8:36 am

OK, I’ll do


Luke Bong July 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Hey Neal,

What contributes to the shape of the ‘sound wave’ in the visual? What I mean is yours is always so beautifully even whereas mine looks like a wild ‘roller-coaster’.



Larry Webb February 15, 2018 at 7:11 pm

I practiced the Lindeman C-D transition way more than 5 minutes per day, but it is still kicking my butt. This one is going to take a while to master.


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