Traditional fingering, using just five scale and four arpeggio patterns. Memorising is quick, easy and secure. Pupils can learn by themselves.
Clear keyboard and stave illustrations enable both readers and non-readers of music notation to learn and play scales and arpeggios with ease.
The Grade 5 book includes dominant and diminished seventh arpeggios required for higher grades.
Chromatic scales are illustrated with a choice of basic,
advanced or Chopin fingering techniques.
As a piano teacher with over 25 years' experience, many of my pupils struggled to learn scales and arpeggios. When playing with both hands together, fingers often became muddled, particularly on descending.
This book is the result of helping my pupils overcome the confusion. They now approach their scales and arpeggios with confidence, rapidly gaining accuracy throughout.
Pupils happily learn to read new scales and arpeggios independently and correctly with positive results.
Teaching involves bringing encouragement by solving problems such as this and creates secure, relaxed players.
I could not conceive of teaching without this method - it is a valuable tool for ALL pianists.
Learn more about how I developed the books in this blog post
We really recommend Jane Mann’s Key to Scales and Arpeggios Books. Using this material the students learn the scales and arpeggios by themselves with correct notes and correct fingering. This gives us more time to focus on developing an excellent technique. We strongly recommend these books for beginner pianists.
I am very happy to have this splendid book as part of my dyslexia-friendly music teacher’s toolkit! I love the visual clarity of the scale diagrams and the way the method simplifies the scale fingering patterns, separating them into a small number of easily recognisable groups.
This book makes learning scales much more fun and so very much less intimidating!
I bought this book to try something a bit different after years of slogging away at scales. My pupils have found it a very refreshing approach. Perhaps this is because they are more used to visual images.
The diagrams are clear and easier to read than scales on staves. I recommend you try it.
I have seen pupils’ eyes light up when viewing the most helpful keyboard diagrams with marked finger patterns. Everyone learns differently, and this book has been a revelation to me and become an invaluable learning aid for my pupils.
A total godsend after 33 years of teaching and having to write in a manual theory book, what an absolute gem of a find!