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#1970365 - 10/08/12 03:38 PM Just a couple of scale exercises my teacher taught me
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Registered: 01/07/10
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Hi there

As I've gone down to part-time music teaching, I've started making some video and blog tutorials about piano and composition. Here's one covering a couple of variations on the 4-octave scale that my teacher taught me a few years ago.

Piano scale variations

Personally I find them useful for generally feeling comfortable sight-reading and learning new pieces, and just really 'nailing' the ordinary scales, which all contributes to overall technique!

All the best

Jack
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#1970631 - 10/09/12 02:26 AM Re: Just a couple of scale exercises my teacher taught me [Re: JackMusic]
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Any opinions? I know the video quality is a bit crappy and the audio is slightly out of sync - do you think it matters much? Useful information?

Thanks

Jack
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#1970676 - 10/09/12 06:58 AM Re: Just a couple of scale exercises my teacher taught me [Re: JackMusic]
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That looks pretty interesting to me, Jack. My teacher did that one hand playing faster than the other thing at my lesson last night. I'm nowhere near ready for that! I can see where these exercises can really harden your scales in your memory, help develop hand independence, and keep scales from getting boring, but I guess I don't see how they help sight reading.

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#1970698 - 10/09/12 09:09 AM Re: Just a couple of scale exercises my teacher taught me [Re: JackMusic]
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Interesting feedback, thanks MaryAnn. Yes I can see how it's not obvious for a beginner how it would help sight reading - I suppose that becomes more relevant once you really know your way around music theory.

You should try the different speeds thing, start really *really* slowly and just on C major and you might surprise yourself!
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#1970709 - 10/09/12 09:38 AM Re: Just a couple of scale exercises my teacher taught me [Re: JackMusic]
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Hi Jack, thank you for your link, looking forward to more videos.
I just started working on the Alfred's scales book.

P.S: I love your accent!
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#1970778 - 10/09/12 12:36 PM Re: Just a couple of scale exercises my teacher taught me [Re: JackMusic]
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You're video is really good.
I've done the first ones before and I really enjoy them.
Never even thought to try the other one but it's look really cool and a great challenge. I'm going to try it!
Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!
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#1970779 - 10/09/12 12:37 PM Re: Just a couple of scale exercises my teacher taught me [Re: JackMusic]
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P.S. I was going to say love your accent but you are probably thinking "what accent" he he.
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#1970791 - 10/09/12 01:11 PM Re: Just a couple of scale exercises my teacher taught me [Re: JackMusic]
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I have done both of your exercises to varying degrees. They are good and should be practiced but one which I found to improve my technique the most was this; In whatever scale you choose, start on the 2nd scale degree with the same fingerings as if you were playing from the tonic crossing over and under normally and then play the scales in however many octaves you want. Then start on the 3rd, then 4th, etc. You can even do this with the exercises you explained. So if you were in cmajor start on d with 4 in the left hand and 2 in the right. Starting on the third you would have 3 in both the left and right hands, etc. etc. This exercise helped me much.


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#1971153 - 10/10/12 03:26 AM Re: Just a couple of scale exercises my teacher taught me [Re: pckhdlr305]
JackMusic Offline
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pckhdlr305, you are helping to turn this into a scale geek-fest, I love it! Idea stolen, might post a video of that soon.

For now I've done a blog post about these exercises and other studies (I also posted this in a thread about Hanon) which is here.
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