Fast Extended Chromatic Piano Runs


To effect (and I use the term "effect" in its literal sense) a chromatic run than extends beyond an octave, I discovered that the very fastest way to do an extended chromatic run is by use of controlled crushes.


The upward extended chromatic glissando effect is fingered in this way:

1
2
2
3
3
  
1
2
2
3
3
4
4
etc
etc
C
C#
D
D#
E
   
F
F#
G
G#
A
A#
B
etc
etc

 


The downward extended chromatic scale effect is fingered in this way:

4
4
3
3
2
2
1
  
3
3
2
2
1
etc
etc
Bb
A
Ab
G
Gb
F
E
  
Eb
D
Db
C
B
etc
etc



(the above glissandi can begin or end on any note, but the fingerings will remain the same)


Care should be taken in this trick that each note should receive equal value (as it is very easy to get sloppy when executing  these chromatic runs). This will require a bit of practice surely.

It should also be noted that evenness of touch between the black keys and white keys is easier on a real piano with wooden black keys than on a keyboard with plastic black keys as wood is much less slippery.


You may hear me executing my chromatic glissando technique in the introduction to this song:

Georgia - Arr: JBrent.mp3



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