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#33396 - 12/28/06 08:03 AM Physical Intervals
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Mr. Jason Sifford:

Is there a method wherin one can train the right (or left) hand to physically press down keys to obtain certain melodic intervals without actually looking? This is specifically aimed at playing polyphonic music with two or three melodic lines. For instance the J.S. Bach inventions.

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#33397 - 01/25/07 02:33 AM Re: Physical Intervals
Jason Moderator Offline
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The best method I can think of is "intervallic fingering." This means using a consistent fingering that's based on the intervals you're playing. For example, always play 2nds with consecutive fingers; always play 3rds with 1-3, 2-4, or 3-5; use 1-4 or 2-5 for fourths, and 1-5 for larger intervals. This way, your hand becomes accustomed to the shape and size of these intervals so that you don't have to constantly be looking at the keyboard.

Of course, there are always exceptions, but if you try to choose fingerings that match the intervals you're playing, you'll have a much easier time keeping track of what's going on without looking.
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