7 reasons why scales are an essential part of learning to play the piano….
- Understanding the ‘key’ of a piece of music
- Exercising each and every finger
- Developing strength and agility of the fingers
- Hand coordination
- Playing scales in different ways can be used to improve rhythmic ability
- Developing a good tone
- Developing focus – since students need to concentrate when they play scales
Young students usually love scales, as they’ve heard them sung in the musical “The Sound of Music” and are therefore keen on learning to play them. Older students often find them challenging, therefore enjoy practising them.
Playing scales daily require a lot of discipline and committment – something most young children don’t have, and parents who see the value of scale playing, usually step in and see that it’s done. When children see that they’re playing their scales well, and that they’re easy (because of daily practise) they start enjoying them.