I was going to entitle this blog ‘practising scales’ – but no-one would have clicked in to read it if they saw that title!
Because the actions of playing and practising scales have an often justified reputation of being boring. No fun. Repetitive. Mind-numbing. And any blog post or article written about them is likely to be similar.
So much so that in order to make sure my lessons are fun for my students, I often steer clear of them. Because making lessons and practice enjoyable is the number one priority for me as a piano teacher. If it’s fun you are more likely to stick at it and have positive feelings towards playing piano as your life goes on.
However that’s all about to change. Not the fun bit (!), but the scales bit.
This summer I’m collating all the learnings and experience gained from 15 years as a piano teacher in order to formally create my own method of how to teach and hence learn to play piano by ear. And I’m looking forward to rolling it out to students far and near in September.
And I’m afraid it will include playing and practising scales. Because they are important. But they will be fun.