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Piano Technique: No back and forth head bobbing for Contrary Motion scales

Many students have dizzying head movements when faced with the challenge of playing scales (or arpeggios) in contrary motion, (or from opposite directions starting at a keyboard mid-point)

To address a growing problem among students young and old, I devised ways to develop fluidity in this au contraire universe without a head trip.

Here’s the scale I picked: F minor. The FJH Scale Book sample page attached shows only the Harmonic minor in contrary motion, though I chose to focus on the natural form.

By the end of my instruction, I rippled through all three forms. (Pure, Harmonic, and Melodic)

f minor scale

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