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Marycliff Piano Lessons
Ipswich Suffolk UK
Clifford Evans FISM
Maryvonne Evans MISM
Tel: 01473 253217 9am-9pm

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Why we practise scales and arpeggios

Scales and arpeggios form an important part of the skill of playing the piano or keyboard. People do try and play without learning them, but they come up against serious limitations eventually. Here are some of the reasons why they help us progress ...

Tonal evennessScales help to you achieve tonal evenness with each finger - that is to play many notes of equal loudness and quality played successively.

Rhythmic evennessThey help you to achieve rhythmic evenness with each finger - that is to play many notes of equal length played successively.

Legato notesScales and arpeggios help you to join all the notes together - the technique is to have no gaps between them.

Staccato notesScales and arpeggios help you to play detached notes - that is to put deliberate gaps between the notes.

Action of fingers, thumbs and hand

They help you to achieve a good finger action of the right kind by squeezing the note firmly with a circular action from the knuckle.

They help you to perfect the passage of the thumb or the movement of the hand over the thumb - vital to good piano technique and progress.

They help you to perfect the sideways (lateral) movement of the hand when putting the thumb under.

Shape of musicThey help you to play with shape - getting gradually louder or softer over a number of notes.

Keys in musicThey help you to be more aware of keys and key signatures - that is the number of sharps or flats in a piece of music.

Music readingThey help you to sight-read - the first reading of a piece of music - because you can recognise bits of scale and arpeggio patterns in the music.

Memory and musicThey help you to memorise music because scale and arpeggio patterns are easily recognisable and committed to memory.

Building up your confidence as a player

Scales and arpeggios generally help your confidence and piano technique and therefore your progress by improving your technique on the piano or keyboard. This then enables you to devote more thought and energy to playing expressively. As these reoccur in thousands of pieces of music, scales and arpeggios help you to learn music more thoroughly and quickly.

The Freebie first meeting

piano teacher Clifford Evans"The first (free) piano meeting is not an actual lesson, although there might be some sample tuition so you can see how it goes. An opportunity for us to meet and get used to each other. You ask any questions you like and we show how the teaching of piano keyboard begins, learn about your musical aims and tastes, design your first lesson and suggest a couple of books you will need to start with. It takes about an hour and is absolutely FREE. Just pick up the phone to arrange your piano freebie" ..... piano teacher Clifford Evans.
piano teacher Maryvonne Evans"The first (free) piano meeting is informal and friendly - a get to know each other - either for a child beginner with parent or an adult beginner. I explain how the piano keyboard and your fingers work together and encourage you to play the piano a little. You ask any questions and remember that I'm here to help and guide you along with enjoyable progress. Don't be nervous - just relax and enjoy the piano lessons. Give us a ring to arrange this piano freebie. See you soon " ..... piano teacher Maryvonne Evans.

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