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#1032147 - 02/12/09 06:34 AM "just back" player...advice
earlybird Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
Posts: 10
Loc: New Jersey
I was reading the forum on the person trying to self teach. When I stopped playing (20 years ago)...I was starting with Hanon exercises for warm up (15 minutes), then Bach 2 part inventions and onto Beethoven Sonatas. I fractured the metacarpal on the left hand since and do not have the spread between 3 and 4 I used to have...so I feel that exercises were mandatory...but scales as well?

If so, I only remember major/minor scales...any more i should do? What series do you recommend? i grew up with Michael Aaron...when I was a child. Thanks.

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#1032148 - 02/12/09 08:05 AM Re: "just back" player...advice
Prince Charles Offline
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Registered: 05/19/08
Posts: 180
Loc: London
Consider Arpeggios, chords and broken chords as part of your warm up.

#1032149 - 02/12/09 08:37 AM Re: "just back" player...advice
Monica K. Offline

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I don't have much advice on scales to offer (I don't play them myself ), but I did want to say welcome to the forum! \:\)
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#1032150 - 02/12/09 11:25 AM Re: "just back" player...advice
pianojazz Offline
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Personally, I rarely practice scales but when I do, its the 4-octave chromatic scale. I believe you'll encounter all the scales and arpeggios you'll ever need in the literature itself - whether it Bach, Beethoven or Chopin. I don't know how extensive your LH fracture was, but playing the piano is not a gymnastic or sporting event - you don't need (or want) excessive hand or finger strength - it only takes 2oz of force to depress a key. What you will need is touch sensitivity - the ability to play some notes louder and or longer than others all at the same time. That's what you need to focus on - but this will come through the literature - not exercises.

#1032151 - 02/20/09 11:29 AM Re: "just back" player...advice
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Registered: 12/14/08
Posts: 10
Loc: New Jersey
Thanks guys...I just bought a Roland HP-207 and it's the closest to acoustic I could have ever imagined. The saleslady is a teacher with some great advice as well.


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