July 19

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What Can You Do With a Scale?

There's so much you can do with a scale.

Take the key of G major.

Sure, you can play it up and down as a starting place. Learning the fingerings for G major is empowering. But it doesn't have to stop there.

You can improvise new melodies with G major.

You can compose your own tune in G Major. 

You can transpose melodies from G major to other keys. 

You can transpose melodies from other keys to G major.

You can practice G major with different articulations.

You can practice G major in contrary motion (hands going in opposite directions).

You can figure out a tune by ear in the key of G major.

Come up with some more ideas on your own. I'm sure you have plenty.

A scale is more than a sequence of notes. It's more than a key. And it's certainly more than an exercise.

A scale is a whole universe of sound just waiting to be explored.

So...excited?

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About Jonathan Roberts

I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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