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JuanFiddler
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February 13, 2019 - 9:40 pm
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Hi folks it's time for scales. I don't deny their importance but man they are boring as hell lol.

https://youtu.be/DFrfh1BDO48

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cid
February 13, 2019 - 10:30 pm
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@JuanFiddler My instructor does not like doing scales. When I brought my books the first lesson, I also brought my scale books that I bought. She used them for two lessons. Then she said she does not like them. I do them periodically on my own, now. I admit, not as often as I should.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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Nice 3 octaves there, Juan!

I've seen scales played like that in some Youtube masterclass videos (with that special flourish at the start and finish.) Can you point me in the right direction to find scales written out like that... or did you just pick it up by ear from watching the pros?

Also, what's your approach to practicing scales? Just regularly going through all of the key signatures or mostly choosing those corresponding to the pieces you're working on?

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February 13, 2019 - 10:56 pm
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@bocaholly Good questions!

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cid said
@JuanFiddler My instructor does not like doing scales. When I brought my books the first lesson, I also brought my scale books that I bought. She used them for two lessons. Then she said she does not like them. I do them periodically on my own, now. I admit, not as often as I should.  

I know Cid lol. But they are vital indeed. Play them before your pieces and also when you finish your pieces. Imagine they are like breakfast cereal lol

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bocaholly said
Nice 3 octaves there, Juan!

I've seen scales played like that in some Youtube masterclass videos (with that special flourish at the start and finish.) Can you point me in the right direction to find scales written out like that... or did you just pick it up by ear from watching the pros?

Also, what's your approach to practicing scales? Just regularly going through all of the key signatures or mostly choosing those corresponding to the pieces you're working on?  

@bocaholly thank you so much for your commenting. I think this video is the answer to your questions. Hope it helps. 

Juan

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Just what the doctor ordered. Thanks so much, Juan.

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Good work Juan! 

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February 16, 2019 - 6:20 am
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Carl Flesch is the Cadillac of all scale systems. Not easy though.
Scales help develop position patterns in your left hand for better intonation. It's a great idea to at least play the scales in which the pieces you're working on are written in.
Most of the known soloists, if not all, worked on scales and probably a lot....

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