I like to introduce new finger patterns in relation to Major tetrachords. This allows students to associate changes in half- and whole- steps between the fingers with a consistent relationship to a melodic pattern. Because this pattern also has harmonic roots in the Major scale, it promotes consistency in intonation. I have found that when students think about finger patterns mechanically before they understand them aurally, tension and pitch are a bigger issue.
This lesson explores each of the four main finger patterns that occur within Major tetrachords in first position. We also briefly look at how to build Major Scales in different keys by combining two tetrachords.