How to consolidate with two fingers/2

July 2nd, 2019

Once you learn to play short four-note bursts of speed, the next step is to connect them into longer lines.

Connect two bursts first:

i m i m, i m i m

The comma above is to separate the two bursts visually, but when you play them, there should be no break between them. It would sound like a continuous line.

It’s important that you don’t try to play them in one long burst of eight notes.

Instead play them in two bursts of four notes and focus on the beginning of each burst and let the other three notes occur as if they’re echoes of the first note.

When you focus on the first note of each burst, it should sound louder than the other three notes. That’s a good sign.

At this point, getting the right mechanics in your fingers is more crucial than evenness. (Getting evenness in your strokes is relatively simple. All you need to do is apply more tip power to each stroke.)

After you can do two speed bursts comfortably, go to three bursts, then to four bursts, and then to longer scales.

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