Keys to Success Fun Duets

Scales, They Don't Have To Be Boring!!!

I would encourage students, particularly in the early stages, not to practise scales in limbo. With these books, first play the finger warm-ups and a chosen tune a few times. When you feel confident with this THEN play the scale, not the other way around. Hopefully this will help you make the important connection between the scale finger pattern and finger fluency in your chosen key. Scale and arpeggio finger patterns do, after all, turn up in various ways in all the pieces we will ever learn!

The aim when learning scales is eventually to achieve automatic finger memory.


Think of the different keys as different finger patterns, because that’s what they are!

Call them finger patterns rather than scales. That might cheer you up!

Say the note names and silent finger them. Whisper them, SHOUT them!

Play them slowly and visualise your fingers. Shut your eyes if that helps.

Write tunes in your chosen key, using the manuscript at the end of the book.

Play the pieces with your teacher, family and friends.

Try and think of ways of making your practice as varied and enjoyable as possible.

Give it a go!