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posted: 6/15/2006 at 6:00:47 PM ET
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I'm learning piano, with a a book called MUSICIANSHIP FOR THE OLDER BEGINNER and in it, there is a part were it says 'C MAJOR
SCALE STUDIES, and it says to somehow "turn the thumb under or cross over the thumb as smoothly as possible" and I really don't get it.

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posted: 6/16/2006 at 12:41:42 AM ET
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Hi and welcome to the "Late Bloomers Club".

If you can, the best way to learn is to find a good teacher. With a good teacher you will learn proper techique and you will move along faster than using self-teaching methods.

The C major scale works this way:

The fingers are numbered starting with the thumb 1-2-3-4-5 here goes:

c-d-e-f-g-a-b-c (0ctave)
1-2-3-1-2-3-4-5 thumb under 3

5-4-3-2-1-3-2-1 return trip
c-b-a-g-f-e-d-c finger no. 3 over thumb

Hope this helps a little, wish I could show you how - writing this out is a first for me.

There a few of us that got off to a late start, so you are in good company. Let us know how things a going.

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North Coast NSW, Australia

posted: 6/16/2006 at 4:43:00 AM ET
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suzyq says it right, and specific, as always Rather than stick with just this one ""older beginner"" book, may I suggest you check out a few others..? The Progressive range of music instruction books is one that many music teachers worldwide I am in contact with in the course of my work use, in addition to the different set texts required in different western examination settings.

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