Technical Exercises and Regimes

Scales and Arpeggios (4)


I will cover scales and arpeggios in depth in separate sections, but I would like to make some suggestions here about their role in a regime of warm-up exercises. Some of the world’s great pianists do not feel warmed up unless they have gone through all the scales and arpeggios daily. This might involve simply playing them through in some sort of order (chromatically, through the circle of fifths, etc.) but there are other solutions for pianists at various different levels. Intermediate Level My friend and colleague Nehama Patkin used to prescribe a beautiful process with scales for...

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