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Broken Chords #2867072
07/07/19 04:49 PM
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Can anybody tell me whether these broken chords should be part of the core technical learning ( intermediate - to advanced level ) ? I have looked through my Piano Technical Workbook ( which covers everything up to grade 8 ) and could only find broken chords for grades 1 and 2, and ONLY for C major and A minor. What about all the other keys in the circle of fifths ? Did they make this blatant omission on purpose ?

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Re: Broken Chords [Re: EDV] #2867074
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They're called arpeggios, perhaps that's why you didn't see them in later grades? Definitely important! smile


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It's a bit confusing isn't it, as of course an arpeggio is also a broken chord.

In the ABRSM exam requirements, broken chords refer to the chords broken up into their inversions, each inversion played successively. In G1 you play triads e.g. in Cmaj
CEG, EGC, GCE, C. One octave ascending and then descending in five keys.

In G2 you play four notes in succession
CEGC, EGCE, GCEG etc over two octaves ascending and descending. in a couple of other keys.

From G3 onwards, normal continuous arpeggios are required.

Of course, once you've learned the first broken chord pattern, there is no reason not to practise them in any key, a useful skill anyway.

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I found a good set of definitions on arpeggio vs. broken chord. I'd say that an arpeggio is a type of broken chord. I had wondered whether Alberti bass may also be a type of broken chord, and the discussion below seems to suggest that it is.

https://music.stackexchange.com/que...erence-between-arpeggio-and-broken-chord

When I studied violin, the technical part always had scales and broken chords. On a violin, you can't play a block chord.

The exercise in the OP is a series of inversions: C, C/E, C/G etc. going up and down again. You could easily play this once as block chords and also broken chords. You could invent rhythmic patterns and do all kinds of things with it. Also start looking for this in the music that you play. You can do the same thing with any chord, and you can invent such exercises without any book.

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I'd like to address your question of "should they be part of the core technical learning?"

The broken chords that you posted are not really "technical exercises." I say that because there are no instructions as to how to play them. They are simply notes written on a staff.

I can think of helpful ways to practice them, and also unhelpful ways. It would depend on what you as the student need.

I tend to be very skeptical when someone says "here is an exercise which every pianist must absolutely practice."

It's more useful to think of "here are some habits which every pianist should work to cultivate."

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MichaelJK that score was done in Finale and the final version had finger numbers on the notes. Also this particular set of broken chords in C major ARE in fact found in a nationally recognized technical workbook for Piano. What surprises me is that I could only find C and A minor , and only 2 octave examples on this comprehensive technical workbook ( which covers everything from arpeggios, scales, chromatics, thirds, sixths, inversions, etc for all student grades up to grade 8. ) I expected to find 3 or 4 octave versions of this exercise in every key on this book.
I do believe they have technical merit almost as much as regular arpeggios do, in fact, you find ascending and descending broken chords like the one I posted earlier in some of Mozart's and Beethoven's famous Sonatas and Piano Concertos. Played at great speed, with shape and evenness of touch they sound great. I have decided to have my student do these in every key, even though the book doesn't have them.


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