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Re: Problems with Scales
Tyrone Slothrop #2903038 10/22/19 09:19 AM
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Play slow enough to be able to do it. 1 second per note, hands together, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, whatever it takes. You'll get it eventually. We've all been there. 😊
Or you think you've gotten it... until you get to the lovely lovely B harmonic minor... wink
Ugh 😑. B harmonic minor. Wish me luck trying to play that scale in OCTAVES, sixteenth note values, with quarter note = 80 for my MINUMUM required tempo. Exams, am I right?

*cries in anxiety*

Yep, B harmonic minor is in the RCM level 4 exam.


Yeah I checked the syllabus. However you don’t have to play it as fast. My tempo is sixteenth note values, quarter note = 120, four octave.

Good luck on your exam!

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cmb13 #2903072 10/22/19 10:38 AM
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Play slow enough to be able to do it. 1 second per note, hands together, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, whatever it takes. You'll get it eventually. We've all been there. 😊

Or you think you've gotten it... until you get to the lovely lovely B harmonic minor... wink


Bb harmonic minor still trips me up on the way down, lol. 😂😂😂 I do 4 octave so eventually it falls into place. That's my absolute worst scale!

Funny I had thought of a thread topic on favorite / least favorite scales. Bb harmonic minor is definitely fun wink. G# harmonic minor is another.
Then there's the 4 octave Eb min arpeggio. Can't get that one up to speed.


The Eb harmonic minor just feels so WEIRD to me! I always feel like I'm doing it wrong and look up the fingering, but nope, I'm doing it right, it just feels strange. That LH 1-3 feels awkward.


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Re: Problems with Scales
stevechris #2903076 10/22/19 10:58 AM
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I think I'm going to have to learn all the appropriate scales in thirds before I can play the pieces I want to play, the way I want. One day I'll make them sound nice. Today is not that day.

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stevechris #2903077 10/22/19 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Ijustplaypiano


Yeah I checked the syllabus. However you don’t have to play it as fast. My tempo is sixteenth note values, quarter note = 120, four octave.

Good luck on your exam!


Yikes, that's fast! I'm only at 76, same values. Eek!


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Re: Problems with Scales
Tyrone Slothrop #2903256 10/22/19 05:39 PM
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Originally Posted by ebonykawai
Play slow enough to be able to do it. 1 second per note, hands together, 5 seconds, 10 seconds, whatever it takes. You'll get it eventually. We've all been there. 😊
Or you think you've gotten it... until you get to the lovely lovely B harmonic minor... wink
Ugh 😑. B harmonic minor. Wish me luck trying to play that scale in OCTAVES, sixteenth note values, with quarter note = 80 for my MINUMUM required tempo. Exams, am I right?

*cries in anxiety*

Yep, B harmonic minor is in the RCM level 4 exam.

Oh goody, it appears I have only begun to scratch the surface with scales.

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Or you think you've gotten it... until you get to the lovely lovely B harmonic minor... wink
Ugh 😑. B harmonic minor. Wish me luck trying to play that scale in OCTAVES, sixteenth note values, with quarter note = 80 for my MINUMUM required tempo. Exams, am I right?

*cries in anxiety*
Yep, B harmonic minor is in the RCM level 4 exam.
Oh goody, it appears I have only begun to scratch the surface with scales.

Oh yes! Someone on Reddit's /u/piano subreddit mentioned that for his Masters in Piano Performance at the conservatory, he was still required to pass a scales test, albeit more like what Ijustplaypiano described and faster with formula patterns, and less like the simpler scales you and I are working on. (Everything is relative!)


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Re: Problems with Scales
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LOL, there's plenty of torture ahead!! Years and years worth! 😂😂😂😂😂

Luckily, you have us to commiserate with! 😊👍


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ebonykawai #2903303 10/22/19 06:55 PM
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LOL, there's plenty of torture ahead!! Years and years worth! 😂😂😂😂😂

Luckily, you have us to commiserate with! 😊👍

As we say in the south "bless all your little hearts" smile

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