The Quasi-Chromatic Scale

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Quasi-Chromatic Scale
The Quasi-Chromatic Scale is very useful in developing a good left hand. This exercise is similar to a chromatic scale but is easier to play. This is done by removing one note on each string in a chromatic scale. There are two ways that you should practice this exercise:
  1. Keep each finger down after playing the note. This will help you to keep your fingers under control.
  2. Lift each finger after playing each note, making sure that you do not lift your fingers too high. Concentrate on keeping your left-hand fingers under control.

Finger Independence
Now this basic exercise can be expanded so that more left-hand finger independence can be developed. This will be done by changing the order of notes such that we cover all possible fingerings that begin with the first finger.

Exercises: Practice the following exercises each day for a minimum of thirty days. The goal is to have your left hand flow from note to note. Work on making the exercises seem effortless.

  • Practice each exercise individually. To do so, click on the links below
1-2-3-4 1-2-4-3 1-3-2-4 1-3-4-2 1-4-2-3 1-4-3-2

  • Once you can play each exercise individually, begin practicing the entire exercise. Remember, stay relaxed.
  • After you learn the exercises, begin concentrating on keeping both of your hands relaxed.

The Quasi-Chromatic Scale

Tonart Music

Quasi-Chromatic Scale
The Quasi-Chromatic Scale is very useful in developing a good left hand. This exercise is similar to a chromatic scale but is easier to play. This is done by removing one note on each string in a chromatic scale. There are two ways that you should practice this exercise:
  1. Keep each finger down after playing the note. This will help you to keep your fingers under control.
  2. Lift each finger after playing each note, making sure that you do not lift your fingers too high. Concentrate on keeping your left-hand fingers under control.

Finger Independence
Now this basic exercise can be expanded so that more left-hand finger independence can be developed. This will be done by changing the order of notes such that we cover all possible fingerings that begin with the first finger.

Exercises: Practice the following exercises each day for a minimum of thirty days. The goal is to have your left hand flow from note to note. Work on making the exercises seem effortless.

  • Practice each exercise individually. To do so, click on the links below
1-2-3-4 1-2-4-3 1-3-2-4 1-3-4-2 1-4-2-3 1-4-3-2

  • Once you can play each exercise individually, begin practicing the entire exercise. Remember, stay relaxed.
  • After you learn the exercises, begin concentrating on keeping both of your hands relaxed.

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