I previously discussed diminished 7th chords and how they are constructed as an introduction to an actual warm-up routine. The missing ingredient was the student:
In this video, a ten year old pupil fills the bill, romping over the keyboard, joining in a scintillating choreography with her teacher:
Diminished 7th arpeggio sampled: G# B D F
1)Played in open position with resolutions to MAJOR and parallel minor chords
LH–5,3,2,1 RH 1, 2, 3, 5
Parallel and contrary motion routines.
2)Practiced across the keyboard in parallel motion with rhythmic build-up:
RH 2 1 2 3 4 etc Arpeggio ends in RH with finger 4
LH 4 3 2 1 4 Arpeggio ends in LH with finger 3 (or optional, 2)
quarters, 3 octaves legato=smooth and connected
8th notes, 3 octaves legato
16th notes 4 octaves legato
staccato 16ths, loud and soft
Advanced students might add 32nds, legato/staccato
Next played in 10ths
Left Hand remains in root position starting on G#
4, 3, 2, 1, 4 etc.
Right Hand starts on B–finger no. 1
B D F G# B etc.
1 2 3 4 1 At the end of arpeggio RH has open position fingers: 1,2,3,4,5
B D F G# B
Same rhythmic build-up applies as in root position, parallel motion
Advanced students can add 32nds, legato/staccato
Dynamics can vary according to instructor’s direction.
Advise lighter approach on faster note values.