Jackie Sharp, author of Technique Trainer has recently come out with a new scale book (with more on the way). If you haven’t seen the review I did last April, you will want to take a moment to check that book out. (Click here)
Scales- the Purrfect Practice is available an e-book form, either as a single license or unlimited reproduction license. The Grade One book covers the technical requirements of AMEB examinations.
Jingles the musical cat is the book’s mascot who will guide them along their scale journey. The illustrations, which were created by Catlina Dafunchio help provide wonderful tips along the way. I felt the layout wasn’t too busy and I really enjoyed that the scales were color coded both on the staff and the keyboard. Color coding is a great way to re-inforce pattern recognition.
One of my favorite features of this book is that it is divided into subgroups such as scale “families”. For example the “No-Sharp, No-Flat family is C Major and A minor. Then we move to the 1 Sharp Family which is G Major and E minor and so on…
After going through the family of scales then the scales are divided into similar motion scales, chromatic scales and contrary motion scales.
Jackie has divided the scale practice exercises in groupings that prepare for successful and smooth passing. She explains in her note to the teacher that “by dividing the scales into subgroups, students are able to remember notes and fingerings with far greater clarity than by conventional methods. Secondly, the subdivisions allow you, the teacher, to focus on concepts of appropriate technique until the concepts have been internalized by the student.” She continues to give helpful tips for teachers when using the book.
Included this book is also chords and triads which includes exercises to help with voicing. Coming soon to the website, corresponding stickers will be made available.
Also included inside the book are the standard scales, supplementary exercises and a key signature reference sheet. You can see ALL that is included in Scales- the Purrfect Practice by looking at the table of contents below.
Scales the Purrfect Practice; Grade 1 is a great resource for students to learn their scales starting on the right foot. Jackie Sharp has done a great job in providing helpful tools that will guide our students in becoming successful pianists.
You can find more information about Scales the Purrfect Practice; Grade 1 here.
Jackie has offered to giveaway a copy of a single license of Scales- the Purrfect Practice; Grade 1 to a lucky teacher. To enter, leave a comment on how you like to teach scales to your students. Deadline to enter is by Wednesday, September 9, 2015 by 10:00pm (MST).
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