As Easy as Pie Piano Scales. All similar motion scales in every key

As Easy as Pie

PIANO SCALES

Major harmonic minor and melodic minor similar motion piano scales
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Larning music notation. Keyboard fingering charts in all keys - major, melodic minor and harmonic minor.

 

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Why this book was written The pictorial system for learning and teaching scales in As Easy as Pie Piano Scales was designed, trialled and massaged into shape by Ellie Hallett over several years, prompted by observing how students of all standards and ages struggled to learn their scales using the notation scale books. In this system, gone are the stresses of trying to remember which notes are sharps or flats from the key signature, or which fingers go on which notes while reading the notation. Using this system, learning is streamlined, teacher-time is more efficient, the many hit and miss hazards are avoided, and an air of confidence becomes the norm. The real purpose of scales being finger dexterity exercises is thus achieved. As Easy as Pie Piano Scales enables teachers to save a lot of lesson time correcting errors, and for beginners through to advanced students to reach scale success and memorisation much more easily and quickly. About the author Ellie Hallett was a class music teacher K-10 and a private piano teacher for many years. Already an experienced K-6 class teacher, she returned to full-time studies in her early thirties, gaining a Secondary Music and English teaching qualification at the NSW State Conservatorium of Sydney in a Dip. Mus. Ed. four-year course. She gained High Distinctions in Music, Education, Teaching Method and English subjects during these four years, also receiving a High Distinction and Accreditation in piano, her major instrumental study. Ellie is the author of Loud Poems and Loud Stories for Noisy Kids, as well as oral language and English literacy books. She has also written three teacher reference books in the How to Love Mondays series. (Details in http://www. readingworks.com.au) How to use this book There are three main sections in this book: major scales, harmonic minor scales and melodic minor scales The fingering patterns for each scale are placed on keyboard replicas to enable correct playing to happen immediately. For the descending scale, notes are read from right to left, just as you do on the keyboard. Playing hands together is often the most difficult part of learning scales. This problem has been solved because the L and R fingering patterns are in close proximity to each other - higher and lower on the same keys - for ease of reading. They are then played an octave apart. Scales are arranged in chromatic order - i.e. C, C sharp, D, D sharp etc for easy finding. Both a one-octave version left and right hands separately and a two-octave version for hands together is provided on each double-page spread. The notation for treble and bass is also given for each scale, but with user-friendly accidentals rather than a key signature. Making frequent errors – or even learning errors and then having to fix A few tips to help you develop a good technique Play scales with relaxed curved fingers. Play on your finger pads and on the outer sides of your thumbs. Short nails are essential so that there is maximum finger contact with the piano keys. Play without shoulder or arm tension. ‘Flop’ your shoulders every now and again. Lift your fingers off the keyboard when they are not being used. In scales, one finger goes down as the next one comes up. Only touch those notes that are needed in order to give yourself some height to enable you to push down to 'the sea bed' each note you are playing. If your fingers are too close to the keyboard there can be too shallow a distance to get a good resonance. The three-times-in-a-row system Start really slowly! Concentrate on correct fingering in the right sequence. Look at the key signature and remind yourself which scale you are practicing. Say it out loud. Than move your fingers over the keys following the numbering. Only when you have done it correctly, can you increase the speed. Over-practise and over-learn so that once you have mastered a new scale, your fingering and note knowledge are secure and locked accurately into your memory forever. Aim to be able to play a scale three times up and down without an error. If, however, a slip is made, start your three-times routine again - slowly. This system requires discipline but enables success to be reached a whole lot sooner!