Why Practice Scales?

Shannon Levine, BSS Cello Instructor

Why practice scales?


Your teacher probably has many reasons for you to practice scales. Here are some of mine, in no particular order:

-Tone: develop a full, rich, consistent sound over a range of pitches

-Intonation: be able to play in tune in many different keys

-Ear training: know when you’re in tune

-Dexterity: create muscle memory for different finger patterns

-Shifting: be able to shift accurately to many positions

-Facility/Velocity: practice playing very quickly on a familiar set of notes

-Articulation: practice bow strokes and patterns repeatedly

-Fingerboard mapping: know where the notes are on the fingerboard

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