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Clusters (Practice Tip)

I've talked before about varying rhythms for rapid passagework ( ); this can help with reinforcing the strength and volume needed in each finger. However, if you're struggling to make a passage flow, it might be best to chunk or cluster notes together. This can be beneficial, because it helps you identify the rudimentary muscle memory of the passage; especially when you need to rotate over your thumb. Clusters can also be useful for scales and other scale-like passages.

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