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Practicing a C Major scale in thirds, tenths, and sixths (Video embedded)

I’ve chosen the C Major scale to demonstrate/practice in thirds, tenths, and sixths. The best preliminary of course, is to review the scale in its root position and it doesn’t have to be a parallel motion run through. (i.e. fingers … Continue reading

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Piano Gym routines with my 10 year old student

This is a fun romp through the keys of F# Major and minor with some diminished 7th and Dominant 7th arpeggios cruising across the keyboard in legato, followed by detached, “ping pong ball” rendered staccato. Parallel and contrary motion scales/arpeggios … Continue reading

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How to practice a G Major scale as a follow-up to C with an adult student example

The last instructional video covered the C Major scale in depth, and  identified symmetries between the hands, when practicing beyond the one octave level. https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2010/12/15/how-to-practice-a-parallel-motion-c-major-scale-and-by-example-g-d-a-e/ I pointed to the bridge of the C Major scale as the crossover into the … Continue reading

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How to Practice a parallel motion C Major scale and by example, G, D, A, E

I chose to group the following Major scales together (C, G,D, A,E) because they have parallel internal consistencies, and they stand apart from the black key pattern scales of B, F# and C#Major. (The flat equivalents of these pattern sharp … Continue reading

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Playing scales in contrary motion (Video)

Most everyone who has taken piano lessons has probably been instructed to practice scales in the usual direction, up and down, hands together.  This means the right and left hand move from a common starting point, separated by an octave … Continue reading

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From Chords to Gym and Back: You Tube Video

This video tells all. It was one of my hair brained ideas to embed a trip to Bally’s Gym in my piano tutorial on the subject of playing blocks of robust chords using upper body weight transfer — energy streaming … Continue reading

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