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The Basics - Fingering
Semitones are slippery characters! It's a challenge to keep track of them, but they're essential for filling out melodic lines and adding color to chords.
Regular, dedicated work with semitones will develop your aural skills, and these pattern-based finger drills will challenge you to precise listening and thinking.
Your work on the chromatic scales consists of learning and practicing them across five pages, starting here, plus practical riff-building in the chromatic dominant scale (Chromatic Dominant Thirds in the nav bar).
The mini-nav below accesses the chromatic scale fingering and practice pages.
Download the PDF for the Scale City Chromatic Scales here.
The simplest fingering for the chromatic scales is:
Here's the teaching video for the basic chromatic scale.
The 2-3-4 fingering uses fingers 1-2-3-4 on:
From here on, you can use either fingering.
Now go on to Page Two of the mini-series, and learn the chromatic scales in contrary motion.
If you start from D (and G#/Ab), the chromatic scale fingering is perfectly symmetrical.
The chromatic scale fingering is also perfectly symmetrical if you start from C (left hand) and E (right hand).
The chromatic scale in contrary motion from C requires asymmetric fingering - quite a challenge.
The chromatic scale in contrary motion from F# is another sample exam requirement
Vary your practice different rhythms - group the notes in triplets, for example (stress in threes).
You should be able to play all these patterns over two octaves comfortably.
Then go on to the next page - chromatic scales at various intervals - or use the series mini-nav to dot about.
Scale Practice Patterns (SPPs)
Scale-tone practice patterns (STPPs)
Diminished Scales (series)
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