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#57012 - 01/03/12 09:32 AM Scale practise
Joyful Offline
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Happy New Year everyone!

I am looking for different methods of scale practise, besides just playing quarter/eighth notes up and down the keyboard. I have found some in a certain scale book (exercises by C. Poole-no cover, don't know the name of the book), with various versions of exercises. Ex: up and down the first 3 notes, using eighths. Then up and down the next four notes using sixteenths, etc. etc.

I wanted to use this for my students but it is probably copyrighted so I won't be transcribing it into Finale or copying the pages.

Any suggestions of how to find various scale exercises, shown on a staff? I found suggestions online but it was not on a staff, only written as text. Thank you!!

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#57016 - 01/03/12 10:36 AM Re: Scale practise [Re: Joyful]
PianoStudent Offline
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You might look at Scales Bootcamp. Some ideas are written out in the key of C, some are simply described. I find the ideas invaluable, even if not written on a staff.

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#57029 - 01/04/12 09:19 AM Re: Scale practise [Re: PianoStudent]
Joyful Offline
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Thanks PianoStudent. I did look there but am having trouble finding what you have found. I looked at a lot of site, do you know which link it is?

Any thoughts are welcomed - thank you!

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#57032 - 01/04/12 12:13 PM Re: Scale practise [Re: Joyful]
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Here's a link to Scales Bootcamp:
http://insidemusicteaching.com/bookstore/scalesbootcamp/index.html

It's pricey though: $19.99. You do get a discount for bulk orders.

The top of the page is a large keyboard with finger numbers. Underneath is the staff which corresponds to the keyboard. Then there's a big list of challenges - different ways to play the scales.

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#57034 - 01/04/12 01:13 PM Re: Scale practise [Re: SillyString]
PianoStudent Offline
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To clarify, you have to buy the book to see the challenges; they're not listed on the website. On each scale page the challenges are listed in summary. Details about the challenges are at the end of the book.

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#57040 - 01/05/12 12:23 PM Re: Scale practise [Re: PianoStudent]
Joyful Offline
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Thanks everyone! I was hoping for something free...if that's available... wink

Have a great day!

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#57218 - 01/16/12 10:43 PM Re: Scale practise [Re: Joyful]
PianoStudent Offline
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Joyful, I have an extra copy of Scales BootCamp that I can send you (for free) if you would like it. Just PM me your address.

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#57830 - 02/16/12 12:12 PM Re: Scale practise [Re: PianoStudent]
Joyful Offline
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PianoStudent I don't think I ever saw your post - my apologies! I would LOVE to receive the book and will PM you!!

I was just coming on to this page to see if anyone had any further advice on scales!!

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#58907 - 05/09/12 08:00 PM Re: Scale practise [Re: Joyful]
Joyful Offline
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I have used the Scales boot camp with a few students (looking at my own copy) and now want to order many more! However they aren't to be found in my stores in Ontario, Canada. frown I will look into how to order them.

Anyhoo - at what level do you start scales work? I have started them young with 5 finger positions (Susan Paradis' exercises) and it gets them into the pentascales. Then when ready to move we move to a one octave scale (both pages are keyboard diagrams and not on the staff) and sometimes 2 octave scales. At what level should I be introducing the scales on the staff? I guess this is in hindsight because I already have most students playing scales so I guess my real question is how many scales should they learn at each level? Do you just base it on the RCM Levels? I haven't gotten past Ab or E, but wonder how to determine where to stop?

Hope this makes sense - thanks!

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#58909 - 05/09/12 10:03 PM Re: Scale practise [Re: Joyful]
PianoStudent Offline
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Hi Joyful, I ordered my copy direct from the Scales BootCamp website: insidemusicteaching.com. They also have other books, on practicing.

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