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Scales & Arpeggios - Basic Introduction
The Basics of Playing Arpeggios

Arpeggio playing relies on similar technical skills to scale playing, only an arpeggio is more demanding. A scale is built up of eight notes per octave (counting the key note twice), the arpeggio four (for major or minor). Thus, arm and whole-body movements are much quicker in an arpeggio. The...

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Ken Johansen

Ken Johansen is a pianist, teacher, and writer based in Baltimore, where he teaches at the Peabody Conservatory. His most recent projects include the iPad sight-reading app Read Ahead, and the series From the Ground Up for the Online Academy.


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