Part 3 - Scales and Arpeggios

Do you neglect scale and arpeggio practice because you find it tedious?

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Scales and arpeggios are an integral part of piano exams, and many celebrated master pianists throughout history insist on a daily diet of scales for themselves and their students. However, many pianists struggle to keep motivated with their scales practice and as a result often neglect it. Practising the Piano Part 3 is a comprehensive guide to practising scales and arpeggios from the beginner to advanced levels which will enable you to:

  • Make scales practice fun and interesting with creative ways of practice scales (e.g. have you ever tried the "Russian" way?)
  • Overcome common technical challenges
  • Structure your practice and stay motivated using practice strategies, tools and resources
  • Test yourself and track your progress using a random "scales" generator


Numerous video demonstrations, exercises written out in manuscript and practice suggestions in addition to a number of resources and interactive tools:

  • Scales index - This section provides an index of all major, harmonic and melodic minor scales with key signatures, fingerings and variations for practice. There is also a keyboard diagram of each scale so the beginner will be able to see the note patterns at a glance.
  • Scales and arpeggios charts – Download printable practice charts for ABRSM Grades 1 through to 8 featuring a grid layout with the keys listed vertically and the types of scales horizontally. Teachers can use these to assign scales for practising in between lessons, and for students to keep a record of what they have practised.
  • Scales and arpeggios generator – Don’t you wish there was a way to test yourself on the scales and arpeggios for your grade? Part 3 includes a scale generator that randomly selects these from the ABRSM syllabus for you. It will keep you on your toes by requesting additional ways of doing them (different touches and speeds, and so on) and gives you an optional self-scoring mechanism for charting your progress. Click below to try it out!

Practising the Piano Part 3 shows you exactly how to practice your scales in the most effective, fun and interesting way – you need never find scales practice to be boring again!

Part 3 - Scales and Arpeggios

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