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#65486 - 12/18/14 10:25 AM Technique for 5-finger scales
Tovka Offline
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When I first teach these patterns at level 1/2A, I'm still at the stage where I encourage pupils to play with a down/up motion of the wrist for every note. As they get more advanced and able to play them faster, I'm wondering whether I should be encouraging pupils to play with just finger action or whether I should be encouraging them to play with a single wrist motion for each group of four notes.

I'd love to hear how other teachers approach this.

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#65488 - 12/22/14 12:12 PM Re: Technique for 5-finger scales [Re: Tovka]
m9j5y3 Offline
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I think it is ok to use a down/up motion for each note when students are learning the notes in a slow tempo. I also think a slow speed is good for using a single wrist motion for the four note group. Down on 1rst note of the group of four and gradually rise the wrist so it is up on the 4th note. When they can play faster why not create a larger grouping, 8 for example? I feel at a fast tempo the wrist motion on the 2nd group of four creates an unwanted accent.

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#65498 - 01/03/15 03:33 PM Re: Technique for 5-finger scales [Re: m9j5y3]
Tovka Offline
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Registered: 07/16/10
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Loc: England
Thanks for your comment. I agree about the unwanted accent - I think perhaps a circular movement of the wrist for the group of 8 or a gradually rising wrist for the first 4 notes followed by a gradually descending wrist for the remaining notes would work better.

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#65524 - 01/10/15 10:17 PM Re: Technique for 5-finger scales [Re: Tovka]
Christi Offline
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Registered: 01/29/09
Posts: 86
Just wanted to say Thank you for the information. Very insightful.

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