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Scale-tone Practice Patterns



Scale-tone practice patterns

Scale-tone practice patterns (STPPs) are patterns you can soon understand, which let you get right to the business of 'practicing the piano'. With STPPs, you're diving straight into being able to play your instrument, pure and simple.

Musicarta's scale-tone practice patterns are marked up so you can transpose them with minimal effort and practice playing the piano, in any key, the minute you sit down.

Musicarta's scale-tone practice patterns are ideal for accustoming your hands to the more advanced keys, and teaching you the improvisation fingering tricks which will mean you always have a finger for that next note, whatever it is.

And, yes, there is no fingering given! This can seem unfair, but long, long experience teaches that 'fingering' is an enormous distraction! Sorry! Your hand needs to 'know' the black-and-white-key key combination, on its own.

Scale-tone practice patterns in C

There is a demonstration video after the first seven patterns. The numbering is scale-tones, not fingering!

For simplicity, the STTPs are written for right hand only. You can play with two hands (left hand an octave down) if you like.

Transpose the patterns

Transposing the patterns will help you learn the look and feel of the sharp and flat keys.

It will also help your playing-by-ear. 

You transpose using the scale-tone mark-up above the notes, which numbers the scale tones from T-for-tonic (=1) up through 2, 3, 4 etc to T again.

Watch the performance in C as you read the music until you 'see' the pattern and how the scale-tone mark-up tells you what you need to know.

Musicarta has transposed the patterns for you into two moderately easy keys - B flat (two flats) and A (three sharps). These will give you a good sample of keyboard feel and representative fingering challenges.

No written-out music (MS) is provided for the patterns in these keys. This would rob the exercise of most of its value – which is, to put YOU in charge!

Here are the videos, starting with B flat.

Patterns 1 to 7 in B flat

Patterns 8 to 14 in B flat

Patterns 1 to 7 in D

Patterns 8 to 14 in D

Going on from here

Transpose a few scale-tone practice patterns into whatever scale you're learning. It's easy using the scale-tone (T-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-T) mark-up, and your ear will soon tell you when you deviate from the pattern.


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