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Piano Lessons: Arpeggio Technique

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[MUSIC].
Arpeggio technique.
Arpeggio technique is very similar to the
scale technique.
We're gonna pay the same amount of
attention to our thumbs and
to our wrists leading.
So, let's take a look at the left hand.
The left hand, you kind of always want to
think of where you're going.
So if I start way out here, my thumb is
going to
have a hard time getting to the C where,
where I want it to be, so.
[MUSIC]
Kind of think of where you're
always going, not where you've been.
So as I start my arpeggio.
[MUSIC]
I'm there.
Now, The trick with arpeggio is that the
thumb, you have to cross this over.
So again, if your thumb is too low, it's
going to be harder and
you're gonna end up twisting out your
elbow, so.
[MUSIC]
See how my thumb just kind
of acts like a pivot.
So it's almost, if you see, can see my
thumb.
The nail is just about facing me.
So it's no longer playing straight on this
way, it's acted as a pivot and
it's now this way.
And you'll notice also that I didn't take
my elbow to do this.
So a lot of times when you start this
you'll do it with your elbow or
with your shoulder.
And you don't wanna do that.
[MUSIC]
It's gonna make your,
your arpeggio really slow and choppy.
So you see, my thumb just twisted like a
pivot.
[MUSIC]
Now coming down in the left hand,
just like in scales where we did
[MUSIC]
Left had goes high to low.
Same thing with arpeggios.
Now the challenge coming down in this
arpeggio is this jump right here.
[MUSIC]
But remember if you think of where you're
going not where you've been, you have a
lot smoother arpeggio.
So, we don't wanna hold on to that three
and twist us all out.
Because that's gonna make an even
arpeggios again,
doing the chicken arm, right?
So you don't wanna do that.
Instead, you put your thumb under, its
going,
its used to going under right when the two
plays, and then we just kind of shift.
[MUSIC]
So in, I do a quick shift.
This one's pretty close.
Let's see, I'm gonna do.
[MUSIC]
That
was close too.
So you see I just shift my hand down.
[MUSIC]
When we get into the black keys
you'll see.
[MUSIC]
Again we just shift over.
So sometimes when you're doing a shift
[MUSIC]
You'll wanna jump.
[MUSIC]
And you want to avoid that jump.
Just hold onto it as long as you can and
then shift over.
But keep your thumb really low.
So in the left hand I'll do an E-major
arpeggio.
You're gonna see my wrist start high.
There's my pivot.
And now it's gonna shift over.
[MUSIC]
So it makes another circle.
But we should never see this sort of
thing.
[MUSIC]
Let's do it in the right hand.
So let's just do C-major right hand.
Right hand's going to start low.
Now you'll see there's a much bigger jump
for the right hand,
takes it from a C to a G.
So it's an interval the fourth, instead of
a third in the left hand, so
that's where our real shift is gonna come
in.
So if you noticed, I kind of let go of
this one and just shift, but
you don't hear it so much.
So it's not jumping up.
[MUSIC]
So if you're.
[MUSIC]
If your arpeggios start sounding jumpy,
then you're not doing your shift right.
They should sound like you're not doing,
doing any jump at all.
So.
[MUSIC] You shift. [MUSIC]
Then you pivot.
See my pivot?
[MUSIC]
So again, making a circle.
[MUSIC]
One of the ways
you can practice that shift, cuz it's very
difficult,
is thinking of playing your third finger
longer and louder.
So think of playing your third louder.
[MUSIC]
So we don't hear
[MUSIC]
that accent.
So low to high in right hand,
high to low in left hand with a good shift
and using your pivots.
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