Category Archives: the natural minor scale

Piano Technique: Nifty warm-up routines (Videos)

Phase one of lessons is a lively romp over the 88s. It sets the geography of the piano through a host of keys. Establishing a “feel” for the instrument with a supportive knowledge of key signatures, framed in buoyant rhythm, … Continue reading

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More trills, but bucolic and serene: Scarlatti’s d minor “pastorale” K. 9 (VIDEO)

Domenico Scarlatti Sonata K. 9 in d minor (the “pastorale”) The trills in K. 9 are far different than those permeating Scarlatti’s sonata K. 159 in C Major. The latter has a robust horn call opening with a lavish assortment … Continue reading

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Piano Instruction: Learning the F# minor scale (video)

I made this video after plunking the “devil” beside Bb Major in my previous blog, so if you review the basic approach in that post, you’ll get my sway about scales in general. It’s always better to think in GROUPS … Continue reading

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