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Scales - Contrary Motion


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Expand your outlook by adding some contrary motion to your scale practice patterns. Here's a from-the-ground-up sequence to work through.

The all-in-one video has numbered examples with MS and line diagrams below.

Contrary motion - Scale Practice Patterns

CM_03-21_01

One octave outwards only from middle C.


CM_03-21_02

One octave inwards to middle C.


CM_03-21_03

One octave from middle C, outwards and back.


CM_03-21_04

One octave from middle C, inwards first then back out.


CM_03-21_05

Hands start one octave apart, outwards first then back in.


CM_03-21_06

Same hand position as 05, but inwards first.


CM_03-21_07

First asymmetrical pattern. Starts outwards from middle C; RH continues upwards, LH returns to base. (First half of line diagram.)


(Nos.07 & 08)

CM_03-21_08

Pattern 07 played backwards - lateral flip. (Second half of line diagram.)


(Nos.07 & 08)

CM_03-21_09

Plays from C-above-middle-C. (First half of line diagram.)


(Nos.09 & 10)

CM_03-21_10

Lateral flip of 09 - second half of line diagram. Ends on the same note.

Note: Patterns 09 and 10 are the vertical flip of 07 and 08.


(Nos.09 & 10)

CM_03-21_11

First part of the line diagram. Hands never play the same note.

Note: Patterns 11 and 12 vertically flip just the RH of patterns 09 and 10 (pair).


(Nos.11 & 12)

CM_03-21_12

Lateral flip of pattern 11. Second part of the line diagram.


(Nos.11 & 12)

CM_03-21_13

Patterns 13 and 14 are the vertical flip of patterns 11 and 12.


(Nos.13 & 14)

CM_03-21_14

Patterns 14 reverses (lateral flip) pattern 13.


(Nos.13 & 14)

CM_03-21_15

Previously presented as pattern 08, but here part of a different pairing. First part of the line diagram.


(Nos.15 & 16)

CM_03-21_16

Second part of the line diagram. Each separate hand of pattern 15 is vertically flipped.


(Nos.15 & 16)

CM_03-21_17

Previously presented as pattern 11, but here part of a different pairing. First part of the line diagram.


(Nos.17 & 18)

CM_03-21_18

Previously presented as pattern 10, but here part of a different pairing. Second part of the line diagram.

Each separate hand of pattern 17 is vertically flipped.


(Nos.17 & 18)

CM_03-21_19

'Joined up' patterns 03 and 07.

CM_03-21_20

Pattern 19 flipped horizontally.

CM_03-21_21

Pattern 19 flipped vertically.

CM_03-21_22

Pattern 21 flipped horizontally.

CM_03-21_23

Into 12-8, stressed in threes.


CM_03-21_24

Pattern 23, flipped vertically.


CM_03-21_25 on...

Starting three octaves apart, try to play the following patterns 23 and 24 'flips'.

There are many more potential six-octave-long patterns (play in 12-8, stressed in threes).

Sit down with a pencil and paper and sketch some out! For example, how could you arrange for the two lines to come together (touch/play the same note) once or twice over this six-octave span?


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