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    User AvatarAaron Hice

    There are a few technique points mentioned in some of the basic courses, one of which was the tip to avoid flaring the elbows when doing the thumb under/over technique. I have to admit that I was an offender of the flaring elbows. While I am now consciously trying to fix it, I notice that I tend to cut notes short when trying to avoid flaring the elbows. I might need to set up a lesson at some point but if there are any tips that can be provided to help us with this technical tip, that would be great. I must say that the tip was a revelation for me. As long as I have been trying to play piano and scales, I have been flaring my elbows (until now anyway) but now realized that it is never something that you see an experienced piano or keyboard player do. It is most challenging working with the 2 octave scale fingering that has the thumb cross the 4th finger.

    User AvatarMatt Jenson

    Hi Aaron,
    Your experience is par for the course I assure you! It can take some adjustment to not flair the elbows, but you do notice how no experienced players do that. It’s all about getting your thumb to swing under the second finger with a lot of flexibility. It’s one of the natural movements of the thumb. Mess around with it in slo mo and you’ll see what I mean. Also the third finger comes over the thumb and that is a lot easier of a motion that you may think. Again work with it slow motion being totally relaxed and soon you’ll see how easy it is to move your hand in this manner. Your elbow will be completely left out of the picture before long.
    Sure we could do a lesson or two if you want. Hit me up on email.
    Practice well!

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