Scales 2


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Knowing the Music

When you learn your scales, you are preparing to play all the music ever written; the majority of music comes from scales. This means, the better you are at scales, the easier the music becomes.  Just think, as you practice your scales you are preparing to play more music then you could play in a lifetime… but you’ll be prepared to do it.

Knowing Your Instrument

There are many things we do well on a daily basis, and some of them we do not think about. One example I like to use is walking. When I walk down the street I can have a conversation with another person, listen to music, or plan the next lesson. While I am doing these things I do not think about placing one foot in front of the other. When I see a curb in my path I don’t stop, analyze the situation, and proceed cautiously to avoid falling. Why don’t I worry? Because I have learned how to walk.

When a child begins walking they are not comfortable standing on their legs. They keep practicing and they learn how to use their legs. Their legs become unified, working as one with the rest of their body. As you learn your scales, the saxophone will become more comfortable, even to the point where it begins to feel unified with your body. In short, you will think of the saxophone less (walking) and focus on making music (conversation).


You get all this by practicing your scales correctly! If you are ever tempted to skip your scales, just remember the benefits that come from consistent practice with your scales. If you follow the direction I share concerning scales, these results will happen for you too.  Your body is already doing this in other aspects of your life (walking, talking, etc.), so why not with the saxophone?

 What Option is Right for You?

  1. If you would like to learn how to build a major scale, then follow the instructions on the next few pages.
  2. If you would rather skip the building process, and learn how to play your 1st major scale, then click ahead to the Scales 6 page.