Piano Technique: Are arpeggios “boring?” I don’t think so!

I belong to a myriad of LINKED IN, PIANO groups of all shapes and sizes. One, right now is applying the adjective, “BORING” to ARPEGGIOS. Another recently castigated SCALES!

Yet anyone who’s bounced around the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic keyboard literature, KNOWS that it’s permeated with scale passages and arpeggios.

That’s a no brainer!

In the last week, my review of Mozart’s Rondo in D, K. 311, produced so many scale passages it was dizzying.

And just today, a student found herself practicing a 3-octave E Major arpeggio lifted right out of the Chopin Waltz in A Minor, no. 19.

This heart-throbbing piece is so popular, that anyone thinking they can play it with pleasure, without practicing the E MAJOR arpeggio, to say the least, is in denial.

Rather than harp on why I disagree with a cadre of teachers, amateurs, professionals, who happen to love bashing arpeggios, I say watch this video and make up your mind.

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About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: shirley_kirsten@yahoo.com OR http://www.youtube.com/arioso7 or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, http://facebook.com /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: http://twitter.com/arioso7 Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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