All About Scales and Arpeggios

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

Ongoing

person Alan Fraser

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Episode 1

Putting the Thumb Under in Scales

Alan is busting the myth: opposition, not flexion

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Episode 2

Make the Length of the Fingers the Same

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

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Episode 3

Scales - Going Down

The thumb carries the hand. Springiness!

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Episode 4

Keeping the Angle the Same

The structure needs to be elastified

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Episode 5

Stepping Stones - Going Down

The springy thumb is powering the whole motion

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Episode 6

Play The Scales Like Chico Marx

The springiness of the thumb is what gets us through

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Episode 7

Left Hand Arpeggios

Open the hand and get "springy"

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Episode 8

The Real Prerequisite for Playing Good Scales and Arpeggios

is the functional hand!

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Episode 9

Slide for the Better Elasticity

The sliding is designed to get rid of the remaining crampedness

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Episode 10

Arpeggios - The Thumb Needs to be Springy

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

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Episode 11

Pivoting vs Wobbling in Arpeggios

pronation and supination w/ small hands

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Episode 12

Stay Supinated and Elasticised

We are working on left hand arpeggios

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Episode 13

The Power that Animates a Scale

The thumb needs to do this amazing carrying job

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Episode 14

Healthy and Exuberant Thumb

The thumb should not be dysfunctional

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Episode 15

The Hand Stays in Balance

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

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Episode 16

Standing in Scales and Why is it Important

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

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Episode 17

Teach The Reflexes to Stand Up in Fast Tempo

The functional hand can not collapse in fast tempo

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Episode 18

How to Practice Scales Slowly

By activating hand's hip joint all the way

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Episode 19

Horizontal Scales

Inspired from Louise Robyn, Chicago pianist and teacher

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Episode 20

Scale Essentials

A short segment on scales and the whole hand drop issue

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Episode 21

Scales Exercises - Thumb

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Episode 22

The Differentiation between the Thumb and the Hand

Very basic, yet very important exercise

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