Whilst this can be an excellent exercise for promoting more precise and swifter finger co-ordination, the highly repetitive nature of every bar raises major concerns. In our enthusiasm, we should be super careful not to physically overcook proceedings,
Individuals should work on these scales at tempi which are commensurate with their technical capabilities. However, the following guidelines might be helpful to some:
With almost hymn like lines, this exercise is designed to encourage players to focus on the crucially vital moments which occur between notes, in particular when phrases are required to be played as legato as possible.Whether in scale or arpeggio format, to mask the inherent weaknesses within the instrument and to avoid unevenness in the melodic line, it will be necessary to commit physically to the all-important transition from one note to the next.
With a combination of slowly transitioning intervals and gently rolling scale passages, ardent care and intense focus will be required, in order to move from one note to the next as seamlessly as possible. Basically, the wider the interval, the sooner we are required to plan in advance. It will help immensely if, prior to arriving at the second note in every bar of the main theme, you are already hearing the pitch of that new note in your head. In order to maintain and nourish tone throughout every four bar phrase, it will be necessary to plan breathing carefully.