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#1822991 - 01/11/12 08:29 PM This Run: One Hand or Two?
TromboneAl Offline
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Here are two runs from Hampton Hawes playing "Like Someone in Love."


The first run is an Fm pentatonic scale. Do you think that he is playing it with one hand or two (that is, the left hand playing the Ebs)?

The second run is Ab, D, and then G triads -- I'm sure that is one handed.
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#1823219 - 01/12/12 08:59 AM Re: This Run: One Hand or Two? [Re: TromboneAl]
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Hi Al,
The first one definitely sounds like a hand-over-hand (L.H., R.H, L.H, R.H,etc...) arpeggio and like you said, the second one is probably right hand only. The reason I am hearing it this way is that the first one is very fast, almost too fast for one hand to do consistently well under pressure.

As for fingering, it is possible to do all the notes of an F minor pentatonic in the left hand, then do all those same notes an octave higher with the right hand. For instance,
F-Ab-Bb-C-Eb :
5-4- 3- 2-1 in the Left Hand and:
1-2- 3- 4-5 in the Right Hand, then alternate smoothly to the top of the piano.

You can also use the same fingering but start the pentatonic on Ab, making it

It takes a little practice hand-position-wise, because you are playing the big pentatonic cluster all at once. But I would use this over playing just one note (Eb) in the left hand, because you might get unwanted accents with that approach. Also, with the pedal down, any non-sounding note errors playing the cluster approach that I described above, you would most likely not catch it because it is so wet (with sustain pedal) and fast.

Nice clip, I'll have to check out the original - thanks for sharing. smile

#1823728 - 01/12/12 11:32 PM Re: This Run: One Hand or Two? [Re: TromboneAl]
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Could be done either way, but since the left hand accompaniment comes to halt I would guess both hands are involved. And it's so fast and smooth it's probably 2 hands.


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