This is another exercise providing further opportunity to work on and improve finger co-ordination.The primary focus here is as much on the operation of a finger lifting or raising, as it is on it closing or coming down. However…
At the start of a practice session, a slow, long, sustained melody such as this, is a highly useful method for ensuring that lungs, lips, fingers and focus are instantly engaged.Although the movement between notes is moderately subdued in this exercise, consummate control of fingers will be required, to avoid lumps and bumps as keys are opened and closed. As the melodic line here is of a highly legato nature,it follows that fingers will need to mirror this in their operation.
Working on scales should be an essential part of our daily practice.Too often though, possibly due to over familiarity, focus is not as acute as it could be, with little thought as to exactly what it is we are trying to achieve. Our minds blissfully wander as we go through the motions.As such a degree of co-ordination can be established,but strength in each and every finger,leading to greater control and independence, cannot take place. In this exercise, by creating a step shift in every other beat, concentration and focus will need to be paramount (in particular in minor keys).
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,