Scales: Students’ Demonstration I 學生示範


Here we have three students demonstrating some of the issues concerning scales:

Wrist Motion – Playing Scales in Staccato-

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For scales in staccato, notice the down(play)-up(release) wrist motion in the execution of each note, with firm finger action, especially the first knuckle.

練習斷音(staccato) scales時,注意在彈奏每一個音符時手腕向下(彈)-向上(放鬆)的動作,配合堅定的手指動作,尤其是第一指節。

Body Movement in Playing Scales-
Demonstration by Anisia W.

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We shift our body weight gradually from left to right when playing scales (similar motion) up to higher register, and right to left when playing scales down to the lower register. Feel the body weight shift in our bottom!

Our hands, wrists and arms should stay as quiet and calm as possible when moving up and down the scales ( and the keyboard).

Fast Execution of Scales –
Demonstration by Cherrie H.

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Sometimes we can practice with a metronome to help with a steady pulse and keep track of increasing the tempo of each scale.

When using a metronome, start with a moderate tempo, 1 beat to every 4-note group.
When practice scales, notice the following things in the order of priority:

1. Correct Note (# & bs)
II. Correct Fingering
(RH, LH, together going up, together going down)
III. Even Rhythm
IV. Steady Tempo
V. Smooth Flow
VI. Fast Tempo



The metronome markings in the ABRSM piano exam scale books are the minimum requirement of the speed. We have to play much faster than that.
在英國皇家音樂學院鋼琴考試音階書本 (scale book) 中提供的拍子機速度是最低要求。我們必須比那速度彈快得多。

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