“Fun” and “Technical Work” are two phrases that often do not go hand-in-hand. Typically teens don’t love doing technical work in lessons, and many avoid it altogether at home. Which means heaps of scales, triads and arpeggios are learned… yet never mastered.
This is a shame, because skills gained through regular, purposeful and accurate technical practice can greatly assist your teen piano students in almost every song they encounter as intermediate pianists.
While it’s impossible to revolutionize technical work in a single post, today we’re sharing an exciting strategy and a cool duet to solidify the arpeggios that your piano students are learning to play.
Make Technical Work Fun With This Arpeggio Duet
When learning to play arpeggios, piano students typically struggle with two things: 1) the placement of accidentals within the arpeggio and 2) the fingering.
We’re going to tackle these struggles with a short how-to video explaining my “Dragon Claw Arpeggio” strategy and a cool-sounding duet to put the “Dragon Claw” into practice.
Let’s begin with the “Dragon Claw Arpeggios”…
Next, print out our “Dragon Claw Duet”. This piece can be taught by “rote or by note” – it’s an exercise piece that has your piano students working up to a full two-octave right-hand arpeggio beginning on a white key. If your kiddos love video game music, they’ll be begging to do their “technical work” with this super-cool duet.
When performing this piece, the teacher (you) plays the bass clef line while your student plays the treble clef line. The exercise isolates the main hand shapes and fingering patterns of an an arpeggio and helps your students to drill the fingering… without realizing they’re doing any work at all!
While this duet is written to suit a C Minor Arpeggio, we’ve included chord symbols in the teacher part so you can apply it to the arpeggio of any key your students may be working on. Simply transpose as needed and play on!
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