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You've Been Practicing Scales Wrong (maybe)

February 26, 2020 1 min read

Ok, not "wrong", per se. But if you've never used the concept of clustering notes together (playing them all at the same time), keep reading.

You have a scale. C D E F G A B C.

Which notes does your thumb hit, in the right hand? C, and F.

These are your two "cluster points" - wherever your thumb hits.

Play C D E with fingers 123 all at once. Then play FGAB with fingers 1234 all at once.

Go back and forth like this and your hand will learn the shapes of the scales more quickly than each individual note - because now you're doing 2 groups instead of 7 individual notes, if that makes sense.

Here's a guide sheet for the clusters in all 12 scales.

I teach piano in Richmond, TX and online. Email me here.

Andy Grall
Andy Grall


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