Before a year, I would hardly recognize most of Chopin's etudes, probably because in this three years of learning Chopin's music, I was focused on pieces that didn't demmand as good technique as etudes demmand. The only exeption was Ballade no. 1, which I find harder than some Chopin's etudes but I have a lot of trouble with it. I am learning it for one year already and there is still things to do. Since it is a pretty large piece, I always do some mistake, at least minor, at one part of the piece. If I play it again and set right that part, I do mistake at some other part and so on.
I think some etudes would be easier to master than Ballade no. 1 since they may be short and for that short time I just need to relax and link with their emotions and speed and the music simply flows. I believe I am capable of that and some people told me the same.
I want to make that big step and start playing Chopin's etudes. I have a strong desire to do that since one year. What happened before a year? I got a new teacher who played Chopin's etudes in front of my eyes. He plays them excellent. It's simply magnificent and magical. The etudes are fulll of passion and emotions. First time he played etudes in front of me he played etudes op. 10 no. 1, op. 10 no. 12, op. 25 no. 6 and op. 25 no. 12. My favourite etude is op. 25 no. 6 but op. 10 no. 12 and op. 25 no. 12 are also one of my most favourite etudes and he really played those 3 etudes excellent. I had no words. From that moment, I have a burning desire to play etudes. A lot of times I take sheet music of etudes and read them, try to play them a bit, at least couple of measure, at least, just to play them for couple of short seconds and delight my soul with their passion.
Therefore, I ask You respectfully what etudes would You start with?
I am already learning Revolutionary etude (op. 10 no. 12), etude op. 25 no. 8 and etude op. 25 no. 12. Revolutionary etude and etude op. 25 no. 12 are going well. I have a strong feeling I will learn them relatively soon. I believe that because I did a good job with them already and my teacher told me he also believes I'll learn them soon. He also believes I can learn etude op. 25 no. 8 but with that one I have some more trouble than with op. 10 no. 12 and op. 25 no. 12. Sometimes, I can play that etude pretty good, precise and with good tempo (it takes between 1 minutes and 10 seconds and 1 minute and 15 seconds) and sometimes when I play it it seems to me I simply can't do it. I guess I have to practise that etude more and it will come.
I will continue practicing those 3 etudes but when that part of the journey finishes, where does the other part start?
I was thinking to continue with following etudes: op. 10 no. 3, op. 10 no 6, op. 10 no 9, op. 10 no 10, op. 10 no 11, op. 25 no. 1, op. 25 no. 7 and op. 25 no 9. Of course, it will take a lot of time to learn them all. Time will tell. I believe I can already now learn those etudes.
The hardest of those etudes is probably etude op. 25 no. 9. At least I guess it is. It may be a lot more harder than I assume it is. The tempo of that etude looks incredible to me and the fact that it should be played in less than 1 minute. Maybe I can't make it but I already read that etude completely and started to speed up slightly. I practice it almost every day and I believe as time passes, I will learn it with a lot of practice. I simply enjoy playing it even in tempo slower than original and I will keep playing it in slow tempo and speeding up. I hope I'll make it.
All etudes I mentioned except etude op. 25 no. 9, and maybe op. 25 no 8., I find easiest Chopin's etudes. Etude op. 10 no. 6 and op. 25 no. 7 I find the easiest two.
I would appreciate if You would share Your opinnion regarding my thoughts and regarding this topic.
And I just want to add one more thing that may be relevant, although, it doesn't have to be necessarily, but I met people who think the size of the hand is relevant for playing etudes so I'll say I have a pretty big hand.