What's the Point?

Why should I learn scales?  Isn't it much more beneficial to play lots of different types of musical compositions? Aren't scales really just for those taking exams?

There are many good reasons to play scales. Come back soon to find out more.

The Getting To Know You Lists

These sheets will help you to see how you are making progress with all of the Scales and Arpeggios/Broken Chords you should know at each Grade for Associated Board Piano Exams. There is space to show when the particular Scale or Arpeggio was originally set, together with boxes to either tick or fill in to show how they are improving. You can use the Lucky Dip Lists below to help you become more fluent when playing them. The Assessment Criteria given at the bottom of each page corresponds with what the AB has outlined in their publications.

                         Grade 1: Page 1

                         Grade 2: Page 1

                         Grade 3: Page 1

                         Grade 4: Page 1

                         Grade 5: Page 1   Page 2

                         Grade 6: Page 1   Page 2   Page 3 

                         Grade 7: Page 1   Page 2   Page 3   Page 4   Page 5

                         Grade 8: Page 1   Page 2   Page 3   Page 4   Page 5

The Lucky Dip Lists

One problem with learning to playing scales well is that you might play them in the same order every day. This doesn't really help you to respond quickly to the random order that an examiner will ask them. Below you will see pages that contain all the scales for each Grade. Simply print, cut them out and then place them in a jar. Picking them out and playing them will generally ensure that you play them in a random yet complete way, rather than just your favourite easy ones. Over a period of perhaps six days ensure that you play every scale/arpeggio/broken chord for the Grade that you are studying. For Grade 1 this is around 4 per day, Grade 2 around 4 per day, Grade 3 around 5 per day, Grade 4 around 5 per day, Grade 5 around 11 per day, Grade 6 around 14 per day, Grade 7 around 25 per day and Grade 8 around 35 per day.

Grade 1                    Grade 2                    Grade 3                    Grade 4

Grade 5                    Grade 6                    Grade 7                    Grade 8

The How to Play video Series
This is a growing Series of videos that I have been creating on my YouTube channel since August 2015. Each video will show the correct notes and fingering as well as tips on how to practise them. Unless otherwise indicated, all of the videos will show both the similar motion and contrary motion types of scales.

If you move your mouse over the embedded videos below you will see three horizontal lines. Click on this and you will be able to go straight to the video you wish to see.

Major Scales:

Minor (Natural) Scales

Minor (Harmonic) Scales
: coming very soon.

Minor (Melodic) Scales: coming very soon.