Piano Technique: Split-Screen, rolling 4-note arpeggios (C# minor; B minor)

I love to work with students on 4-note arpeggios through inversions, prompting them to ROLL into horizontal, curvaceous groups of notes to avoid up and down finger poking.

The elements of visualization (“imagining” motion SHAPES); kinesthetic translation (counterclockwise arm motions) attentive listening, CENTERING, and relaxed, natural breathing, all work in harmony to produce a smooth, unencumbered journey over a series of octaves. (Hands are spaced by two)

In the attached video, a motivated student explores the keys of C# minor, and B minor, feeling his way through a broken chord landscape– absorbing ways to improve the playing experience as he moves along.

C# minor

C# E G# C#; E G# C# E, G# C# E G#; C# E G# C#

Fingering RH:
1, 2, 3, 5; 1, 2, 4, 5; 1, 2, 3, 5: 1, 2, 3, 5
5, 4, 2, 1: 5, 4, 2, 1; 5, 3, 2 1: 5, 4, 2, 1

B minor

B D F# B; D F# B D; F# B D F#; B D F# D

RH and LH Fingering same as for C# minor

BONUS TUTORIAL on PREP for ROLLING 4-note Arpeggios

on all BLACK KEYS: F# Major

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