Learn how to apply scale patterns that you’ll find throughout musical playing styles
National Standards: 1-3, 5-7, 9, 11
Have the class read Techniques: Scale Sequences (page 22 of the student edition).
- Practicing scales (and getting into the habit of a warm-up routine) is one of the most effective ways to get back into music-making shape after Summer break
- The more you practice scales, the better prepared you will be when they pop up in pieces of music (which is fairly common)
Play each example on a piano or any instrument you have available in the classroom. If possible, have students try it themselves on their own instruments.
“Old Joe Clark” by Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys
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