All About Scales and Arpeggios

Building blocks of good piano technique. Bits or the whole dedicated lessons only to scales.

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By Alan Fraser

17 Lessons

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SERIES LESSONS

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1

Putting the Thumb Under in Scales

Alan is busting the myth: opposition, not flexion

2

Make the Length of the Fingers the Same

Changing the angle of the hand does not help muscles and they stop working.

3

Scales - Going Down

The thumb carries the hand. Springiness!

4

Keeping the Angle the Same

The structure needs to be elastified

5

Stepping Stones - Going Down

The springy thumb is powering the whole motion

6

Play The Scales Like Chico Marx

The springiness of the thumb is what gets us through

7

Left Hand Arpeggios

Open the hand and get "springy"

8

The Real Prerequisite for Playing Good Scales and Arpeggios

is the functional hand!

9

Slide for the Better Elasticity

The sliding is designed to get rid of the remaining crampedness

10

Arpeggios - The Thumb Needs to be Springy

When you swivel you, rob the thumb of it's power

11

Pivoting vs Wobbling in Arpeggios

pronation and supination w/ small hands

12

Stay Supinated and Elasticised

We are working on left hand arpeggios

13

The Power that Animates a Scale

The thumb needs to do this amazing carrying job

14

Healthy and Exuberant Thumb

The thumb should not be dysfunctional

15

The Hand Stays in Balance

The true point of unstable equilbrium and the mental image we need to cultivate

16

Standing in Scales and Why is it Important

Alan is working with a young pianist and explaining the importance of standing

17

Teach The Reflexes to Stand Up in Fast Tempo

The functional hand can not collapse in fast tempo