Vol.17 No.1

Techniques: Scale Sequences

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).

Key points:

    • 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

“Master Blaster” by Stevie Wonder