How to Make Practicing Piano Scales More Fun and Efficient

Practicing Piano ScalesHi One Minute Music Lesson fans, Piano Scales...

Every music student knows that they are important to know, important to play and definitely important to practice.


Practicing your piano scales can be boring, especially if you don't have the right tools or methods to make practicing piano scales fun and efficient.

But Leon, how do you make practicing scales more fun and efficient?

I'm glad you asked.

Let's take a look at one special tool that comes out of the jazz world that you may have never heard of that can get you practicing scales in a way you never have before.

How to Make Practicing Piano Scales More Fun and Efficient

The tool I'm talking about is a "play-along" track created specifically for practicing scales.

The reason you may have never heard of a scale play-along track is because typically play-along tracks are meant to be used to learn whole songs.

However, you can use the same methodology from play-along tracks to make your scale practice a lot more engaging and fun, while at the same time making your piano scale practice twice as effective.

Here's how the play-along track works

1. First you need a play-along track to work with. Click here to download a C Major scale play-along track that I have created. This track is 15 minutes long and is designed to be used to play the C major scale at 3 tempo levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced). You can also use this same track for free improvisation in C major.

2. Then download this C Major scale notation and piano fingering worksheet and play along as the you play the track.

3. Choose your skill level:

  • If you are a beginner, you can play the one octave scale with one note per measure.
  • For intermediate players, play the two octave scale at two notes per measure.
  • Advanced players should already have the notes memorized from the scale and should play four notes of the scale per measure.

4. The play-along track is designed to be a loop that you can play the scale along with at any of these three levels and you can practice the scale for as long as you like, up to 15 minutes.

5. I would recommend that you make it your goal to play the scale 4-5 times at your desired skill level. If at any point you being to get bored you can begin to freely play any of the notes from the scale as you listen along with the play-along track to create an improvisation that should sound pretty good. If you get tired of improvising switch back to playing the scale.

Do you want more play-along track like this?

If you liked this play-along track and scale worksheet please sign-up for my special email announcements about my new piano scale product. I'm currently developing it and would love to get your feedback so I can make sure it fits all your needs and your current skill level.

What do you think?

If you enjoyed this post or you have any other tips/resources about piano scales to share with the OMML community,  take just a second and let me know in the comments below.

That's it for today's lesson, thanks for following the One Minute Music Lesson and until next time,

Practice Smart, not hard.

-Leon Harrell