Playing around with the F Major Scale


Rethinking how to teach scales. 

This is the second iteration of teaching a full octave scale.

This is for getting the sounds in your ear and the geometry of the scale in the hands.

After going full circle with the full octave scales you (or a student of yours) should have a really solid idea of the difference between half steps and whole steps. 

(A whole step is two keys with a key in between, and a half step is two adjacent keys.)- 

Another takeaway from the videos is the tonic-dominant relationship. While I am not actually saying what they are, I am introducing the vocabulary. This is priming a student for future learning. 

At this point, I don't care if they know scale degrees or their names. I also am not focusing on reading the notes on a staff. The point is to play the scales all over the piano, and not just in one location. 

These are not one hand scales. As a two handed exercise, it is great for getting connections between both halves of the brain. 

Lastly, I only want to teach one major concept per video to make it easier for a student to learn the concept. Keeping these videos short prevents student overwhelm. Only when a student is really comfortable with scales this way do I add to it. This builds a really robust understanding of the piano keyboard, and the rules of harmony.

Comments are welcome. I am looking for ways to improve this.



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