Chromatic Scale

Posted by: Gisele

Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 11:21 AM

Aside from the 2 songs provided by Faber and Faber, can anyone suggest something for my students to practice that include the chromatic scale? They are at level 3A. Thanks,

Gisele
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 11:56 AM

There you go.

Done in around 20 minutes, including the editing, so don't expect too much.

But really I felt like composing a tiny bit, so...

www.musica-ferrum.com/documents/gisele%20chromatic%20etude.pdf

Notice the following:
* It's got your nickname on, so that should arouse a few questions around that! grin
* The tempo is not a tpyo (<- this one is and it's intentional). It's Allegro-ish
* I played it at q = 138, but it can work rather slower.
* This tiny etude, along with practising the chromatic scale to both hands (mostly the right of course), it also allows you to check how well your student knows the notes about the high A on the right hand.
* The PDF format IS the US letter format, so you should be able to print it fine.
* You're free to share it as you see fit (this applies to everyone), but if possible send them this link, if it's through the internet. Otherwise photocopies are fine.

It actually may be that I'm not fully aware of the technical abilities of level 3A in which case you may disregard this short etude all together. If you don't like it, you can also disregard it, no questions asked.

But this was my break from editing 'serious' big works of 80 pages + so thanks for the opportunity!
Posted by: LadyChen

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 12:53 PM

Very cute!
Posted by: Gisele

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 12:56 PM

Thank you so much for the personally named piece that uses the chromatic scale!!! It will be a certain eye opener for my students and I think you just made my day!!

Gisele
Posted by: John v.d.Brook

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 02:06 PM

Nikolas, I love it. What a great little etude. Thanks from all of us!
Posted by: Gary D.

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 02:17 PM

Cool, Nikolas - but NOT easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 03:20 PM

Glad you think it's useful...

Originally Posted By: Gary D.
Cool, Nikolas - but NOT easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gary, As I said I'm not sure how technically capable is a student at level 3A, so it could very well be that it's too difficult.

Still, I'd hope that at a slower speed (let's say moderato) and with some happy feelings inside, it could also work, and make the work rather easier...

If I'd have to guess on which part is the most difficult I'd say is the part where there's an 'antichronization' in the left hand...
Posted by: Gary D.

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 03:36 PM

Originally Posted By: Nikolas
Glad you think it's useful...

Originally Posted By: Gary D.
Cool, Nikolas - but NOT easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gary, As I said I'm not sure how technically capable is a student at level 3A, so it could very well be that it's too difficult.

Still, I'd hope that at a slower speed (let's say moderato) and with some happy feelings inside, it could also work, and make the work rather easier...

If I'd have to guess on which part is the most difficult I'd say is the part where there's an 'antichronization' in the left hand...

Nikolas,

I NEVER know what is going to be hard for my students until I teach something. That includes my music, your music, or ANYONE'S. wink
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 03:39 PM

Of course.

And each student is different. But as I was coming up with this I had to keep in mind and not make it 'as I'd like to' (cause I could go so much further with this, believe me! grin
Posted by: AZNpiano

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 04:25 PM

Neat stuff, Nikolas! You can just toss it off like that. Cool.
Posted by: Orange Soda King

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 08:28 PM

Awesome!! I need to save this for future reference. Thanks for doing this, Nikolas! smile
Posted by: malkin

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/20/12 10:26 PM

Very cool.
I will practice it Largo-ish!
Posted by: rlinkt

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/21/12 01:20 AM

Impressive!
Posted by: david_a

Re: Chromatic Scale - 09/30/12 11:37 PM

Bar 4 made my day. smile

Thanks Nikolas!
Posted by: TimR

Re: Chromatic Scale - 10/01/12 11:22 AM

Outside of Rimsky-Korsakov's Greatest Hit, and now Nikolas's Etude, has anything EVER been written for this?
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: Chromatic Scale - 10/01/12 11:29 AM

Ok... I'm completely happy and blushed that my name is next to Korsakovs'! grin yay overall!

The problem for me was to keep it rather easy. Otherwise I have another idea for a chromatic etude in a romantic style...

Without wanting to derail the thread completely (<- already happened) should I just go for it, perhaps?
Posted by: Minniemay

Re: Chromatic Scale - 10/01/12 12:03 PM

Thanks, Nikolas! It would be helpful to have something at the bottom of the page that indicates this is an online publication that is printed with permission in case we choose to use it for auditions.
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: Chromatic Scale - 10/01/12 12:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Minniemay
Thanks, Nikolas! It would be helpful to have something at the bottom of the page that indicates this is an online publication that is printed with permission in case we choose to use it for auditions.
Oh right... I should put something up.

I'll update the file, once I finish with the current one (composed and now editing the score... It ended up in two pages but not too difficult at all)
Posted by: Nikolas

Re: Chromatic Scale - 10/01/12 12:57 PM

So here we are...

A rather romantic take on things (And not as difficult as I first thought it to be, due to simplifying the left hand A LOT)...

www.musica-ferrum.com/documents/tims%20chromatic%20etude.pdf

and the previous one (the same file) has been updated to include some blah blah stuff to ease your mind all!

www.musica-ferrum.com/documents/gisele%20chromatic%20etude.pdf

quicky notes:

1. I seem to like the upper part of the keyboard and lots of ledger lines. I did add an 8va sign in the second page to ease the pain, but still.

2. The above is probably due to writing something easy and for children. For me (and not exactly well thought) this means using the tremble clef and not spreading the hands too much. Plus if I had gone further down the keyboard it would have gone much darker in tone.

3. The tempo IS q.=120 but it should feel rather slow and Andante-ish actually. I probably should've put a tempo marking for the dotted half, but then it would be too slow... oh well...

Any comments are most welcome.

And, yes, I'm enjoying that! This one took me the better part of 40 minutes... A bit slower than last time I guess!