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Sliding down notes (Blues-style) with cremaed fingers #2928252 12/30/19 12:20 PM
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Hi!

This may sound funny to most people...I'm struggling a little bit with sliding down black notes for playing blues/funk stuff. I'm playing the C Blues scale and I'm sliding down from F# to F with my third finger...It works most of the time, but sometimes there's too much resistance, especially when my hands are dry... so I tried creaming my hands just a little bit with some Nivea cream, and it works much better! Does anybody do this or do you think this is crazy?

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Re: Sliding down notes (Blues-style) with creamed fingers [Re: Gillz] #2928266 12/30/19 12:57 PM
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...just wanted to add: I'm playing a Nord Electro with a Waterfall keyboard.

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Re: Sliding down notes (Blues-style) with creamed fingers [Re: Gillz] #2928280 12/30/19 01:48 PM
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it's not just sliding down from F# to F, that's not the problem. But I'm practicing this famous lick that goes F(2)-F#(3)-F(3)-D#(2)-F(3), played very fast...you can hear it on a lot of recordings.

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Re: Sliding down notes (Blues-style) with creamed fingers [Re: Gillz] #2928308 12/30/19 03:11 PM
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I would not do it. Learn to play without the cream...Sounds like you are applying too much pressure.

I use that movement all the time, and have taught many people to use it. Never imagined needing a lubrication.

Suggestion: practice slowly and very relaxed to do the movement in question.


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Re: Sliding down notes (Blues-style) with creamed fingers [Re: rocket88] #2928404 12/30/19 06:13 PM
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ps to my above post:

Isolate the movement and practice just it. Go very slow, relaxed, and in control of that finger.


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Re: Sliding down notes (Blues-style) with creamed fingers [Re: Gillz] #2928543 12/31/19 02:29 AM
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Thanks! I also thought about that. It's true that there's sometimes a little bit too much pressure or armweight when I do it. It works better when doing it more in this "typical relaxed" style, ... I'll work on it!

Re: Sliding down notes (Blues-style) with cremaed fingers [Re: Gillz] #2928562 12/31/19 05:26 AM
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Gillz, , about a cream for dry hands you are absolutely right; and not only because of glissando, and not only because it is you. Hand cream is recommended for every pianist who takes care of his hands, especially in conditions of climatic dryness, like ours.Moisture cream is usually used twice a day, but not immediately before the start of the playing .
Regarding melisma:
1. Change the fingering to the last Fa-1 instead of 3, it will already be faster.
2. Work separately on the chromatic slides of every finger; first with each black key individually, then in the form of an ascending and descending chromatic scale. To pay attention to the fact that the active part of fingers will be intermediate phalanges , without pressure. .

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Re: Sliding down notes (Blues-style) with cremaed fingers [Re: Gillz] #2928571 12/31/19 06:05 AM
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@Nahum: Thanks for this great and detailed exercise!! Those little chromatic slides ("grace notes") are very beautiful and useful. I also practice them with different fingerings, just like you recommended: not only 2-3-3 but also 1-2-2 or 3-4-4.

As for my example (F-F#-F-D#-F) you recommend using the 1 (thumb) for the last F. I've also done that and will keep on practicing it. It seems to be faster than the third finger in this case...Again, thanks a lot, very helpful!!

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Re: Sliding down notes (Blues-style) with cremaed fingers [Re: Gillz] #2928601 12/31/19 08:37 AM
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@rocket88: Would you also use this fingering in the c-Blues: F(2)-F#(3)-F(3)-D#(2)-F(3) ?

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Re: Sliding down notes (Blues-style) with cremaed fingers [Re: Gillz] #2928612 12/31/19 09:05 AM
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Yes.


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Re: Sliding down notes (Blues-style) with cremaed fingers [Re: Gillz] #2928626 12/31/19 09:52 AM
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Thanks.


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