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#2112803 - 07/04/13 12:46 PM Help! How do you do this technique?!
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I'm mainly self taught when it comes to piano, so I have absolutely no idea how this guy does this but I figured I'd ask everyone who's knowledgeable here on the forums.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIJC98GEOgk

in between the 5:15 - 5:20 mark, the piano tuner in this video does these runs up the piano that sounds so excellent, and I really wanna learn how to do them.

However, it seems they are derived from some classical technique or background, which all throughout my life I could not afford. So if anyone has ANY idea what he's doing, it would mean a lot!

From what I can tell, it seems like he's just taking chord shapes all the way up the piano, but the speed he plays it is awesome.

Much thanks everyone!
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#2112806 - 07/04/13 12:51 PM Re: Help! How do you do this technique?! [Re: Rollin shoulders]
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Originally Posted By: Rollin shoulders
From what I can tell, it seems like he's just taking chord shapes all the way up the piano...


Yes, and the technique used is a version of standard arpeggio technique.
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#2112807 - 07/04/13 12:52 PM Re: Help! How do you do this technique?! [Re: Rollin shoulders]
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Originally Posted By: Rollin shoulders

From what I can tell, it seems like he's just taking chord shapes all the way up the piano, but the speed he plays it is awesome.


Yes he does. Try it. The more you do it, the better you get. Start slow.

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#2113062 - 07/05/13 01:39 AM Re: Help! How do you do this technique?! [Re: Rollin shoulders]
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Thanks much Damon, it means a lot
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#2113224 - 07/05/13 12:23 PM Re: Help! How do you do this technique?! [Re: Rollin shoulders]
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There are two things that happen in this kind of arpeggio playing. The first is playing a chord as a succession of individual notes. For simplicity, take the C major chord. The fingers you use are 1-2-3-5 on the notes C-E-G-C. Start with practicing just the broken C major chord (slowly at first as Damon suggested), with 1-2-3-1-2-3-5, all without shifting your hand up the keyboard.

The second thing that happens is shifting the hand/arm up the keyboard. So you can practice playing the solid chord, then jumping up an octave to play the chord again, and then jump to the next octave up.

The third thing, is to put 1&2 together - but do this after you've become comfortable with those steps.

Note1: This kind of arpeggio technique does not use what is referred to as "thumb-under", which IMO is used more for slow arpeggios that need to be played connected.

Note2: it's not easy to play as fast as the guy in the video.

So that's the technique, but I have no idea what chords he is playing...

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#2116813 - 07/13/13 12:35 AM Re: Help! How do you do this technique?! [Re: Rollin shoulders]
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A word of caution to anyone attempting fast arpeggios: Do NOT attempt to connect the 4th or 5th finger with the thumb by turning the thumb under, as this causes unnatural twisting and may lead to injury. Simply shift the hand up the keyboard, and make sure to support this movement with your arm.
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#2118697 - 07/16/13 06:54 PM Re: Help! How do you do this technique?! [Re: Rollin shoulders]
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Listen to Chopin's Op. 10 No. 1 Etude.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdCObCqE7ek

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