Scale-tone Practice Patterns

Yes, you SHOULD practice your scales!

Popular-styles musicians who have got anywhere in their profession will all agree that knowing your scales means knowing your keys - an essential part of being being able to play whatever's put up in front of you.

But that's not all there is to it.

Knowing keys also means your hands know the feel of that particular combination of black and white keys on the keyboard - and your inner ear knows what they will sound like,

Scale-tone practice patterns

Scale-tone practice patterns are patterns you can soon understand, which let you get right to the business of 'practising the piano' without having to bother with the 'what to practice' question.

With scale-tone practice patterns (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.

Scale-tone practice patterns in C

 First set

Note that there is a YouTube video after the first seven patterns below.

(it may be more convenient for you to watch the video on YouTube so you can arrange to see the video and manuscript at the same time.)

Watch the video on YouTube.

For simplicity, the STTPs are written for right hand only. Play with two hands (left hand an octave down) ad lib.

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 in A.


Going on from here

You can develop little 'suites' of developments and variations on the scale-tone practice patterns.

Your first step would be to play the STPPs in sixths and tenths.

Watch out for forthcoming sixths and tenths versions of the C, b flat and A STPPs. (Get the site RSS feed fo notification, or 'follow' the Mister Musicarta YouTube and Face Book channels.

For and advanced example, check out STPP in E 15-07-15.



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