Why practice scales?

I am glad that most of my students enjoy playing scales! Have you wondered why scales have always been emphasised in my lessons?

Scales are the most fundamental aspect of the music learning journey and it is essential to master it. Why?

It helps you to read music, transferring from musical notations on the score to locations on the fingerboard right away!

It helps you by developing a good left hand posture. With different keys, it helps you with different combinations of finger patterns, thus not only developing the right left hand postures, but also on your fingers’ independency and agility.

A great way of studying fingerings of different positions is going back to basics: all forms of scales – scales, arpeggios, chromatic, and the list goes on… for advanced players.

It helps to develop a sense of the right pitch… Intonation. With routined practice and my pair of ears to guide you during lessons, your ears will perceive what pitch sounds right or wrong. After some time, you will also start to develop a sense of ‘internal hearing’ on the direction of certain notes.

It also helps to shape the correct right arm postures, where with coordinations of both arms, aim to develop a good healthy tone, with good intonation and rhythm. (After all, rhythm is created by good coordinations of both left hand fingers and bow arm – agility and “spontaneous”responsiveness on top of keeping your metronomic internal pulse.)

If you happen to dislike scales, which I am not aware of, I hope this post helps you to realise why scales are so important, and that you’ll soon embrace scales as part of your routined practice. 🙂 🎻