Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Overture,
the very end of the overture.
My best advice maybe is to hope that they
don't ask for it in the audition.
[LAUGH] And failing that, if it is asked.
You need a plan because it's, there is no
way around it,
it's uncomfortable, especially in an
What tends to happen, because the
intervals are spaced closely and
up high, is that the hand wants to wants
to tense up, wants to get tired.
And it may already be a little tense if
you're nervous, so
in all of your practicing, you need to
stress a relaxed hand.
And you need to hit this one different
times of day when you're warmed up,
when you're not so warmed up.
So that you know what may or may not
happen under pressure.
You also need a good fingering plan
to navigate these high notes in the leaps
So, I'll tell you what I would do.
If you look after G.
So I'm shifting the last note of
each group of four.
I'll go back down and do the same thing.
Now I've left my first finger on that D.
I've reached up to the B flat.
But I've left the first finger on the D.
That means that I can just shift it down a
half-step for the next note, the C sharp.
Again, I've left my first finger down.
That's on an E flat.
I shifted down a whole step for the C
So when I do those in sequence,
I like to have, I like to have a relaxed
while I'm leaving that finger down.
Now it goes faster than that,
of course, but you'll want to
learn this one in a relaxed way so
that when you play it quickly,
it's again, relaxed.
All of those reaches back should feel
very, very nice and
natural with the first finger.
You're never reaching up then with the,
with the fourth finger.
After G, take a closer look at those
dynamics, though, you've got one
subito piano and then the others are more
naturally crescendoed into.
The other ones flow more naturally after
Now, at the end
you'll have to do some finger replacement
unless your hand is really, really small.
The, for people with tiny hands, this is
your, your crowning moment.
This is the excerpt that you've been
cuz you have the advantage over everyone
But for most people, you're gonna have to
do some finger replacement.
I'm able to leave my first finger down,
but the other ones have to play some
It's the kind of thing that someone like
[COUGH] with his enormous hands, has to do
all the time, even just the normal scales.
But you have to learn that for up here,
otherwise your intervals are gonna be way
So I'll give you that advice then wish you
the best of luck.