Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Why Use an Alternative Fingering for Scales?

This video by youtuber tjjazzpiano shows an exercise I was taught by my teacher, who learned it directly from Lennie Tristano.  Alternative fingerings for scales are important to master because it gives you more options when improvising.  What do you do if you are playing a note with your fifth finger and you want the melody to go up?  I sometimes use 4545 to walk up a few notes.  This is another alternative fingering that can be used.  Basically alternative fingerings give you more options.  A real insight into technical mastery by Lennie Tristano is that if you do this very slowly (40-50 bpm by metronome), you inculcate the technique into your brain much more solidly than when practicing it fast.

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