When you come to play the Triad Shapes drills in black-key keys (here, D major - F sharp and C sharp), your challenge is to get your hands up into and over the black keys, to play the triads.
It's then that you realise how different the keys feel under the hand.
You mustn't be reluctant to let your fingers slide right up the white keys between the black keys, or to play down in the gap between the black keys! Your fingers won't get trapped and swallowed up!
Let's dive right in and play Pattern One ascending in D, once with 1-3-5 on root position (circle) chords, and once with 1-2-4 on the root position chords - where convenient.
Notice that, for clarity, the fingering on the keyboard is still on the white keys. You 'apply' the key signature and sharpen white keys C and F, is shown by the key signature.
To refresh - rehearse these steps as you read them through - recall that:
And repeat. Do you find you are starting to hear the next chord in advance?
Recall that in Pattern Two, you:
Check the instructions against the voice movement diagrams over the music (below).
The same fingering rules apply - the first time through, use 1-3-5 for the first position (circle) chords. The second time, try it with fingers 1-2-4 for the root position chords.
Practice Pattern Two ascending in D.
Remember to always use fingers 1-2-5 for the first inversion (triangle) chord.
Pattern One descending is the exact mirror image of Pattern One ascending.
The pattern repeats seven time over a whole octave.
Practice with both root position fingerings, as in the video.
In Pattern Two descending you:
Play Pattern Two descending in C. Play through once using 1-3-5 for the root position (circle) chords, and once with 1-2-4 (where convenient).
Now go on to Page Three of the series, and put the
ascending and descending patterns together.