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

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

  1. inspiring. I must get back to my scales!:-)


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