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    Since last December i set aside half an hour after doing Johnny’s daily
    practice routine just to practice major scales C/G/D/A/F/B/E, relative
    harmonic minor scales A/E/B/F#/D/G/C, and their Arpeggios(14).
    Some of the scales i practiced across 2 octaves, some by a 12th,
    and some just an Octave.
    I always practiced them 2 ways each with a metronome, one by memory,
    and the other by sight reading. Sometimes i played them tongued,
    sometimes slurred, sometimes i played them swing style,
    sometimes i played soft to loud increasing volume as evenly as possible
    or the reverse loud to soft, or played the scale starting at the other end.
    Why just these scales – no other reason than just to manage scales up
    to 3 sharps & 3 flats with the intention of adding another sharp & flat every month.
    I’ve been doing this everyday for 2 months not counting illness or family interruptions.
    After the scales i then practice various sight reading songs and a couple of
    songs i’m learning to play.

    It’s only now that i am actualy starting to notice the difference in my
    playing that practicing scales with a metronome has!

    2 months ago i would plod my way through a scale , now i can work my
    way round them more flowingly.. the effects show up when playing sheet
    music in these scales – less plodding around!
    Doing the arpeggios is good, as i now know the intervals 1,3,5,7,12.
    the 12th is just the 5th an octave higher.
    The 1st 3 intervals gives the chord for a key!


    Yes and good for you, sounds like a solid routine that you can handle and is working for you! I grew up hating the metronome but was told to use it. They do make a difference. When we work without them we’re missing out.


    Yes working scales for at least half an hour with a metronome, is like marching in time for half an hour,
    one two three four one two three four ..

    So afterwards when you play a piece of sheet music, you sort of naturaly fall back into the scale beat,
    without realising it.

    you get this in built timing clock .. like when you’ve been on a ship for a few hours and you walk onto
    land you get this swaying sensation when you walk,

    Stop the pre-scale metronome exercises and you find yourself unnecessarily having to concentrate
    more on the timing – in my case.

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