Assuming that all tonal, technical, etc. problems have been overcome, how fast should you practice an etude before it is considered mastered?
For Example...In Dont Op. 37 exercise number 18, it is marked Allegro. It is an exercise with slurred sixteenth notes...8 notes per bow.
Do I really have to work up to a speed of 120 to 152 beats (for the quarter note)? This seems to be extremely fast. In the past I have always started out an etude at a speed that I was comfortable with...say 80 (or even 60 beats to the quarter note), then I increase by one click on the metronome each day, until finally, after several days, I am up to the correct speed.
But, some of my etudes have recommended metronome settings, (I like when they do that), and a lot of times, the recommended setting to work up to, is lower than the music is marked. For example...a Wolfhart etude (which was again, all sixteenth notes) was marked Allegro, but the metronome goal was 108 beats to the quarter note, which actually falls into the moderato range.
I'd like to hear your advice, and how you all know when you have mastered an etude.
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