One Octave Minor Arpeggios

Winter SonataImage via Wikipedia
Winter Sonata

One of my musician friends has a good ear and guessed what key I was playing in! Are you familiar with Opening Theme-Winter Sonata? It is the main theme for a popular Korean Drama Series, Winter Sonata.

Here's the song on YouTube

So, what are arpeggios (broken chords) and how do I practice them?

In music, an arpeggio is a musical technique where notes in a chord are played or sung in sequence, one after the other, rather than ringing out simultaneously. This word comes from the Italian word "arpeggiare" , which means "to play on a harp."

First, I would use the correct fingering for both hands so the music would flow.

Sometimes the R.H. Fingering uses 1-2-3-5

Then the L.H. Fingering plays 5-3-2-1

But not always...

Here are some Practice Tips for One Octave Minor Arpeggios:
(Playing one note at a time with correct fingering.)

1. A Minor = A-C-E-A
   right hand  1-2-3-5
   left hand     5-3-2-1

2. E Minor = E-G-B-E
    right hand 1-2-3-5
    left hand   5-3-2-1

3. B Minor = B-D-F#-B
    right hand 1-2-3-5
    left hand   5-3-2-1

4. F# Minor = F#-A-C#-F#
    right hand  2-1-2-4
    left hand    2-1-4-2

5. C# Minor = C#-E-G#-C#
    right hand   2-1-2-4
    left hand     2-1-4-2

6. G# Minor = G#-B-D#-G#
    right hand    2-1-2-4
    left hand      2-1-4-2

7. D# Minor = D#-F#-A#-D#
    left hand      1-2-3-5
    right hand    5-4-2-1

8. A# Minor = A#-C#-F-A#
    right hand    2-3-1-2
    left hand       3-2-1-3 

9. D Minor = D-F-A-D
    right hand   1-2-3-5
    left hand     5-3-2-1

10. G Minor = G-Bb-D-G
      right hand 1-2-3-5
      left hand 5-3-2-1

11. C Minor = C-Eb-G-C
      right hand 1-2-3-5
      left hand   5-3-2-1

12. F Minor = F-Ab-C-F
      right hand 1-2-3-1
      left hand   5-3-2-1

 A great tool for finger practice is Hanon 1 - Finger Exercises

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