Why Study Piano Scales?
Learning and practicing scales is an important part of
learning how to play the piano.
The study of scales will teach you about technique, proper
fingering, as well as one of the most important building blocks of a musical
composition; the tonality, or Key.
Good news is that the most common scales used for piano
playing are not that many, and they don’t take very long to learn either!
2 Top Tips for Learning Scales
1. Learn Your Scales by Heart
When you learn scales, you should teach yourself to play
them from memory.
A book with scales and chords is great to have as a
reference, but always aim to learn your scales by heart.
Why? First, it’s easier!
But it is also the best way to
really check what you are doing and to pay full attention to how it sounds,
feels and looks to play.
How do you learn scales by heart?
Easy. Simply learn how a
music scale is built, and the logic and music theory behind it will help you to
always remember them!
2. Practice Scales S-L-O-W-L-Y First
Starting at a slow tempo and then gradually building up
speed is also important.
Remember that you will not learn scales faster if you start
playing them fast.
You need to gradually build up control and balance. Patience
will pay back many times over!
It’s also useful to learn how to use a metronome and check
how your speed improves day by day.
Although it's a good idea to practice playing scales every
day as a warm up and technique routine, don't overdo it.
learning scales will not make you a great pianist! Try to not spend more than about 20% of your practice time
for scale practice.