Learn to PlayPiano Scales FAST and BRILLIANT
How to practice piano scales?
Learn how to play piano scales fast and brilliantly. In this VIDEO POST, I show how to achieve SPEED and CLARITY in piano scales. There are several elements that play a vital role in learning to play piano scales.
Don’t forget to DOWNLOAD the score with some of my special preparatory piano exercises.
Introduction Piano Scale Technique
Playing the piano can be an enriching experience, but it also comes with challenges to overcome. One of those challenges that many pianists face is mastering scales. In this video post, we will explore some invaluable techniques to make your piano scale playing smoother, faster, and easier, contributing to improved piano technique. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced pianist, these insights can help improve your skills.
Here, I present to you five elements to consider when working on piano scales. These elements can also help you to improve your piano technique when working on any piano passages.
The Role of the Thumb for Improved Piano Technique:
Micro-Adjustments for Better Scales and Piano Technique:
Finger Speed and Finger Relaxation for Better Piano Technique:
Maintaining Synchronization in Piano Scales:
Using the Forearms for Improved Piano Scale Technique:
Next Step: Exploring Etudes for Improved Piano Scale Technique
Here I present another VIDEO POST in which I will discuss which etudes can be incredibly beneficial for practicing piano scales. These piano scale etudes provide structured practice pieces that focus on one particular piano technique to further enhance your scale-playing skills at the piano, contributing to improved piano scale technique.
Mastering piano scales is a challenging but essential part of learning the piano that directly affects how you can improve your piano technique. As you implement these techniques and tips, you’ll notice improvements in finger agility, hand dexterity, arm technique, and overall playing skills.
Remember, improving your piano technique and developing faster, more powerful, and precise fingers is not just about repetition and more repetition but more about strategy and the way you practice. Only when that is correct does repetition make sense. Only then will dedication and consistent practice lead to improving your piano skills.
For you who are looking to improve your piano technique further, consider exploring my book of exercises, “Super Fingers Essential Piano Technique.” Piano Fantasy also offers online courses to improve your piano playing.
Watch here the Video on how to practice piano scale technique
You’ll notice, that in playing the scales in the right hand, up is more difficult than down. And in the left hand up is easier and down is more difficult. This has to do with the passing through of the thumb. The passing beneath is more… a little bit more difficult then going over. See! Here going over with going back. And that’s far easier. It’s almost like rolling down like a waterfall…
When we’re going fast with scales. Let’s take G major. The hand goes a little bit to the outside,
the thumb goes underneath, but we’re not going to turn the hand like this anymore. We don’t do this. This we don’t do.
The hand stays in one position. See and when we go more up the right-hand goes more outward. See like this… I’m gonna go more to the middle see how I change the position. It’s a little micro-adjustment. And black keys also need little micro-adjustments. In the… not necessarily in the wrist, just a little bit in the wrist, but also the shape of the hand. So good way to practice with black keys is…
to make this kind of exercises.
To mold your hand around the black key.
You also notice that I raise my fingers. When I want passages be clear, I will raise my fingers I will articulate. My finger prepares for the next one. Opens like an umbrella, my hand. This is a very good way to create good articulation.
And when I practice, I can practice slow. Open the hand and then fast attack of the key.
And speed is more important than power here. And between each note is a little relaxation in the muscles. So you isolate each finger like that. [Music]
Without power, but speed, supple wrist. The wrists are always free and supple.
And… you should feel it in the lower arm.
And then there are two ways I practice myself scales, when I practice them, and that is like this… Let’s take B major!
See, real fingers, active fingers,
No arm yet.
And a little bit faster!
That’s one way. And then I like to practice them light, and from octave to octave.
To speed up, you try to keep synchronised left and right.
When the scales go down,
hand to the outside, as we’ve done before, and the arm in a more up-position. And then like like a bow, like when you’re playing the cello. Almost like that kind of movement.
In another video I will talk about etudes that are
very good for practicing scales. It’s nice to put them into practice.
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