2 Top Tips For Learning Piano 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
Why? First of all 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
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!
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.
Obviously, just learning scales will not make you a great pianist!
Try to not spend more than about 20% of your practice time for scale practice.