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Piano Lessons: Staccato Scales

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Staccato Scales technique.
You'll start off playing staccato scales
in Players Level One.
The most important thing to be sure of
when you're playing a staccato scale,
is that you're actually approaching the
key from your arm.
So it's kind of like a pivot.
It's not just with your finger.
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And you don't want to bounce too high.
So if it's done correctly, it looks like
you're hardly moving at all.
So here's a proper technique example of a
staccato scale.
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So I think of it a lot
like it's a chicken pecking the keys, so
you just are pecking, pecking, pecking.
Or you can think of like when you bounce
on a trampoline.
Just by pushing down into the key you
bounce back up.
So your not thinking of coming up, up, up.
Your actually thinking going down, down,
down.
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Dropping every,
every single arm into a key.
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So
you see my fingers aren't moving a lot,
so.
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And
coming off the keys as fast as possible.
Here's an example with my left hand.
I'll do it on C.
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So
as you're practicing this to get the feel,
make sure you
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Practice slowly,
and making sure it kind of feels like that
pivot coming from your elbow.
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Then it can get closer and closer.
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But really,
I'm feeling a series of drops not a series
of lifting up.
So that's the most important thing as
you're getting used to your
staccato scales, that you're feeling that
series of drops from your arm and
not just doing it with your fingers at
this point.
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