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Hi,

I have never really played chromatic scales before, so I have never bothered with them.

having a lot of trouble getting up to speed and I started wondering about my technique. (Could be I just have to practise more)

I have been doing them with an up and down motion (or front to back if you prefer), but now I am wondering if they can be done with a left to right motion.

Does that make sense. Should my elbow flare out or be close to my body.

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Originally Posted by ronlefebvre
Hi,

I have never really played chromatic scales before, so I have never bothered with them.

having a lot of trouble getting up to speed and I started wondering about my technique. (Could be I just have to practise more)

I have been doing them with an up and down motion (or front to back if you prefer), but now I am wondering if they can be done with a left to right motion.

Does that make sense.
Er.....it doesn't. smirk There should be no up/down or in/out or front/back movements, but just a smooth sideways movement of the hand, "following" the fingers.

First, I'd suggest you don't start trying to play chromatic scales until you can play normal major & minor scales fluently, smoothly and at a reasonable speed, in the keys of C, G, F, D and B flat majors and their relative minors.

Then, of course, make sure you're using the correct fingerings (1 & 2 on white keys only, 3 on black keys only, no other fingers used - don't bother with any other fingerings that advanced pianists might use in certain situations). And there should be a smooth, fluid lateral movement of your hand while your fingers twiddle up and down the keyboard.

Watch the start of this video (which I picked at random from a multitude of such instructional videos):
(for a one-handed view, watch from 2:00)
Don't forget you can slow the video down.


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That's what I thought. I was at work just going over it on the desk and I went, this is never going to work.

There is no problem with my regular scales. They are more then fine.
You also answered my other question about fingering before I could ask it. Will stick with the standard.

I don't know why I got it into my end to give a up down motion.

Actually, the video around the 9.00 to 10 minute mark is key for me.

Thanks

Ron


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