How to Develop Good Technique

If you want to develop good technique as a singer or pianist, learning how to play or sing scales is key! What is a scale? A scale is a sequence of related notes moving up or down the piano, like a ladder. Each scale begins on its key note (let’s use middle C) and goes up the piano C, D, E, F, G, A, B, to the next highest C. The major and minor scales consists of 8 notes, which is an octave.

There is a 5-finger scale, which are the first 5 notes of the major or minor scale. For the C 5-finger scale it would be C, D, E, F, G. The easiest way to explain scales is as a collection of notes that because of a musical reason have been grouped together.

In general, it's good for any singer or pianist to start with the major scales, then move to the natural minor, harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales. Once you master those scales you can learn to play or sing chromatic scales, ​blues scales, pentatonic scales and whole tone scales.

Learning how to play scales on the piano or keyboard helps develop coordination between the hands, improves piano geography, helps build articulation and speed. For a singer, singing scales will improve pitch, pitch memory (hearing the notes and accurately sing them), expands vocal range, helps moving from one register to another, and it’s good for ear training.


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