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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:23 pm 
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Here's a link I did awhile back when the discussion came up regarding holding the fingers over the strings or planting the fingers on the strings versus the idea of the arpeggio analysis taught in Phase I.

I hope you enjoy this - it's the kind of work we'll do as we further our technique through regular visits to the 'technique shop' as well as in Phase III - Integrating Repertoire. http://www.scottkritzer.com/Teaching/Video/Technique/Arpeggios/GuilianiIMAM.wmv


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2006 10:45 pm 
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If this is the future of my arpeggios, I'm sticking around. That's some amazingly smooth and fast playing.

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Brent,

Thanks for the compliment. It is just a matter of the mechanics and practice. I'm not being flip. All the practice in the world without the mechanics wouldn't produce those results....

Scott


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Wow... Okay so now I get it. This makes that whole conversation that we were having about this make sense to me. It's amazing how seeing this in video makes things click.

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Very impressive demonstration, Scott!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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I'm glad you're finding the video valuable. Let me know if you have any questions about other technical matters!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 8:25 am 
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[quote="scott"]I'm glad you're finding the video valuable. Let me know if you have any questions about other technical matters!


Very impressed with this video - Something I will definetely work on.

One thing I have difficulty with related to arpeggios is playing just on the lower strings (4,5, and 6). Ths is probably not strictly an issue with arpeggios, but when playing is done on the bass strings, either a melodic run or arpeggios, I have a very difficult time deciding on when, or even if, to use the thumb. In general I feel like my right hand is very cramped and there is little room to move the fingers.

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:00 am 
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Michael,

Thanks for the question and the compliment on the video....

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...when playing is done on the bass strings, either a melodic run or arpeggios, I have a very difficult time deciding on when, or even if, to use the thumb.


Here's the simple answer - we need to break down our right hand movement to two motions; sympathetic motion and alternation. The sympathetic motion exercises find their fruition in arpeggios, (and we can analyze these down to four arpeggios that we have to learn), and alternation finds it fruition in scales. (Did I say this was the simple answer?)

So more to the question; when I'm playing scales, (including on the bass notes), I use the fingers and the alternation movement that I've learned. When I'm playing arpeggios I'll use the thumb on the appropriate string, (usually the thumb).

Sometimes people use the thumb on the strings instead of the fingers because we can easily get a raspy sound with the fingers -due to the wound string. So when I play scales on the lower strings, with my fingers, I deviate the hand slightly, playing less obliquely on the string.

So, I don't mean to confuse, but it's not so much what finger to use but what kind of movement form we're using. In addition, I don't like to use the thumb repetitively, (or any other finger), because it's just not an efficient movement.....hope this helps!

Scott


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Scott,

Thanks for your response to Michael. His question is one that I have wondered about as well. So it's okay to deviate the hand slightly so as not to get that raspy sound when the fingers play the bass strings? Cool!

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I had the same exact problem and never thought to ask for a solution! Thanks guys


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