How to Practice Scales

Tips for practicing scales:

  1. Don’t play faster than you can play with zero mistakes. Play the scale in whole notes if needed.
  2. Say the name of each sharp or flat and finger those notes. Look up any unfamiliar fingerings in your fingering chart.
  3. Say each note name up and down the scale.
  4. Sing and finger the scale.
  5. Play the scale three times in a row perfectly, then speed up the tempo.
  6. Be sure you know how the scale is supposed to sound so that you can tell if you are making a mistake. You don’t want to learn the scale with mistakes!

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