Friday, July 27, 2012

1.The piano scale - What you need to know before you start.

Piano scales are fundamental to playing piano.The knowledge of how a piano scaleis built and the knowledge of its key signature isessential for every piece of music.Knowing the correct fingering for a piano scale will help you to play a wide variety of musical pieces properly.

Practising each piano scale will develop your:

a)Hand / eye dexterity (fine motor skills)



d)brain function / concentration & memory skills

Piano touch (technique)

It is important to play a piano scale not only with correct fingering but also with aneven touch.As you practice more, you will be able to play your scales at a faster paceAs the saying goes, in order for you to play a fast piano scale, you have to practice alot slowly!This ability to play fast and correctly applies at any level of learning the pianoLike a sportsman has to put in a lot of training before a game, so too does the piano player have to warm up their fingers using piano scales Now you go to the piano or keyboard and try it, remember all the benefits and youwill be richly rewarded.

2.Exercises for getting started on the piano scale Before you are going to start playing the scales, you need to know that each finger hasa number 1,2,3,4,5 (thumb=1; index =2 etc)To play a piano scale, you will need to learn how to turn your thumb under the other fingers, except the 5'th finger.Let’s look at some exercises, where you try the following three exercises with eachhand.

1.Place your second finger on any white key and turn your thumb under thesecond finger to play the next white key.

2.Place your third finger on any white key and turn your thumb under the thirdfinger to play the next white key.

3.This exercise is a little bit harder and will really test your flexibility. Placeyour fourth on any white key and turn your thumb under the fourth finger to play thenext white key.Do a few repetitions of each exercise, without stopping.Make sure you are walking with your fingers and not jumping.When you have mastered one exercise, then move onto the next.Do not worry if you find one hand is easier to do than the other.Good luck, now you have finished your first lesson and you are ready to play your first piano scale.