Scale study, done right, is essential to understanding how an enormous amount of music works…
If you study-practice scales the right way, you will…
- Expand your visio-spatial awareness of the piano keyboard, by discovering the unique and sometimes quirky patterns of white and black notes in each scale.
- Develop your sight reading skills, learning to recognize when scales or scale fragments are used in written music.
- Develop Relative Pitch (RP), the ability to comprehend and perceive pitch relationships in functional terms with respect to a key center.
- Transform your sight-reading skills from mere memorization into profound understanding.
- Lay a foundation for understand the intimate connection between scales and chords, learning that melody is harmony and vice versa.
- Acquire meaningful melodic and harmonic vocabulary for improvising.
- Develop your piano technique.
The time and energy spent mastering your scales greatly expands your musical literacy, deepens your theoretical understanding, heightens your aural awareness, and develops practical performance skills. As your knowledge base and skill sets grow, you will spontaneously and confidently start to apply them in practical playing situations like sight reading, playing by ear, learning a piece by heart, improvisation, and transposition.