Add a dash of syncopation to your scales and you’ll soon have a really cool cat! Right-hand scales scurry down to dissolve into a snappy motive. Harmonies add just the right spunky touch. Ingrid’s left hand tops her right-hand skills by climbing in longer scale passages, followed by swirling hops and skips. Why are these scales so smooth and easy? All the crossings are over the thumb, using the most natural form of extended fingering patterns. That’s the easiest and best way to introduce students to passagework. Ingrid is clearly “into” the swagger and verve of this music! From Piano Adventures Level 2B, Lesson Book pages 16-17.