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Major Scales w/ Irregular Fingering

Five 5-Min Videos for Beginners - 1/5

For whatever reason, you want to start playing the piano. No matter what music you'd like to play or compose (!), you need to know your major scales and get used to seeing the whole piano as that key. Also, start using your fingers in new combinations immediately. The major scales are a great tool for that due to the variety of back and white notes. This first video of five in this mini-series cover these two extremely important facets of piano playing. Remember, it takes days and weeks, not months and years to get very good at this stuff! Move on to part two once you're comfortable with this part's teachings...


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Andrew Liao:  As a firm believer of Water Pianism (WP) philosophies, I have no doubt that the philosophical approach to piano established by “danthecomposer” has help me learn to play any Jazz repertoire systematically. Once I select a song I start listening to several recordings to be stored in my “internal jukebox”. Then, I dissect chord progression from a lead sheet. The basic song structure, including tempo, is then stored in my “internal manuscript” and “internal metronome”. Often I spend two to three weeks just to rehearse the aforementioned internals “away” from piano. When I am “at” piano, I focus on my natural fingering and steadiness of execution, not speed. Then, I play the repertoire over and over again to lessen conscious interference, subsequently becoming a spectator rather than a performer. Last, but not least, I work on improvisation and embellishment according to my music personality. At this point I should feel confident to play the repertoire fluently. I recommend highly the WP approach to anyone, especially to beginners who want to be a Jazz piano player.