1. Warm up
In the next three chapters, the warm-up exercise will be playing the ascending and descending major and minor scales in two octaves. It is the most beloved warm-up exercise for many pianists, and they usually play up to four octaves. In this chapter, let us play ascending and descending scales of nine major keys (up to four sharps and four flats).
It is much more important that you practice this exercise correctly than just fast. The exercise is about balancing the power of each finger. Apply the rhythmic scale(a) and staccato(b) for each exercise for clarity and accuracy.
Here are several tips to keep in mind:
- Try to play each note clearly and precisely.
- Try to move your hands in unison, pressing each key at the same time.
- Try not to slip, especially when it comes to the weak fingers.
- It is always better to practice loudly, slowly, and confidently rather than passively and softly. Playing fast will never work if you cannot play it slowly.