The First Study

The Finger Combinations 1–2, 2–3, 3–4, and 4–1 Ascending; 4–3, 3–2, 2–1, and 1–4 Descending
  • Robert Dolejší
Part of the Da Capo Press Music Reprint Series book series (DACAPO)


This fundamental study for the development of simple concentration on tonality and intonation differs from the customary elementary scale exercises in various keys in that the lowest note of each position and not the tonic of the scale commences key. This principle of introducing unfamiliar diatonic succession is employed to compel positive and constant mental focus on intervals, for, since each key is introduced on the same note (diatonically), the resultant unusual sequency of whole- and half-step formulas of the major and minor modes obviously will arrest the attention at once.


Minor Mode Actual Virtue Fourth Finger Rhythmic Variation Require Note 
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© The University of Chicago 1939

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  • Robert Dolejší

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