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Musical technique is the study of natural, minor, major, and chromatic scales, minor and major triads, dominant and diminished sevenths, formula patterns and arpeggios. The purpose of this study is to not only practice musical theory, but to train the musician to play particularly difficult sequences.

For example, triads and sevenths teach how to play chords with accuracy and speed. Scales teach how to move quickly and gracefully from one note to another (usually by step). Arpeggios teach how to play broken chords over larger intervals. Many of these components of music are found in difficult compositions, for example, a large tuple chromatic scale is a very common element to classical and romantic era compositions as part of the end of a phrase.

The slow practising of scales and arpeggios on any instrument, is essential to build confident and sonorous playing.


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