In order to become oriented at the keyboard and thus make easier the acquisition of a necessary skill at sight-reading, it is a good practice to play memorized pieces in the dark.

C. P. E. Bach, Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments

How to Practice

Diagnostic Test

Pieces

Leaps in the Left Hand

  1. Schubert, German Dance, D. 783, no. 9
  2. Schubert, German Dance, D. 365, no. 3
  3. Schubert, German Dance, D. 783, no. 6
  4. Gurlitt, Chrysanthemums, Op. 132, no. 1
  5. Satie, Gymnopédie no. 2
  6. Tchaikovsky, Chanson Triste
  7. Schumann, Mein Garten
  8. Chopin, Waltz in A minor. Op. Post.
  9. Schumann, Albumblätter, Op. 124, no. 4
  10. Chopin, Waltz in B minor
  11. Bruch, Piano Piece, Op. 12, no. 4
  12. Chopin Cantabile

Leaps in Both Hands

  1. Heller, Etude, Op. 125, no. 8
  2. Pachulski, Pedal Point, Op. 23, no. 15Heller, Etude, Op. 125, no. 8
  3. Massenet, Roses d’Octobre
  4. Schubert, Ständchen
  5. Gurlitt, Chrysanthemums, Op. 132, no. 6
  6. Schubert, Waltz, D. 146, no. 5
  7. Heller, Etude, Op. 45, no. 15
  8. Beethoven, Sonata, Op. 31, no. 3, III
  9. Beethoven, Sonata, Op. 27, no. 1, II
  10. Beethoven, Sonata, Op. 26, I
  11. Beethoven, Variations on “God Save the King”
  12. Mendelssohn, Variations Serieuses
  13. Schumann, FaschingsSchwank aus Wien
  14. Rachmaninoff, Prelude, Op. 23, no. 5

Octaves

  1. Schubert, Der König in Thule
  2. Schumann, Ich grolle nicht
  3. Fauré, Après un rêve
  4. Schubert, German Dances, D. 970
  5. Schubert, Ecossaise, D. 735, no. 7
  6. Schubert, German Dance, D. 146, no. 4
  7. Schubert, Valses nobles, D. 969