Piano scales sorted

Discover the simultaneous finger patterns that make playing with hands together effortless and secure

Available from: Alfred/Faber Music, Amazon or ask your local music shop.

Simple rules enable fast and secure learning

Example page from grades 1-2 book showing A minor scale

The rules

Traditional fingering, using just five scale and four arpeggio patterns. Memorising is quick, easy and secure. Pupils can learn by themselves.

Don't read music? No problem

Clear keyboard and stave illustrations enable both readers and non-readers of music notation to learn and play scales and arpeggios with ease.

Revised for the new 2020 syllabus

The Grade 5 book includes dominant and diminished seventh arpeggios required for higher grades.

The books

All books contain tips on practising and an explanation
of tones and semitones in major and minor scales.
The circle of fifths is used throughout the books to show the finger pattern groups.

Available from: Alfred/Faber Music, Amazon or ask your local music shop.

Grades 1-2

Stave and keyboard illustrations for broken chords.

Grades 3-4

Chromatic scales are illustrated with a choice of basic, advanced or Chopin fingering techniques.

Grade 5

Covers all keys and revisits all previously learnt scales.
Includes dominant and diminished seventh arpeggios required for higher grades.

Jane Mann

It's all about encouragement!

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


What others are saying about The Key to Scales and Arpeggios

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.

Elza and Chris Lusher, Dogs and Birds Piano Method

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!

Joy Smith, PG Dip SpLD/Dyslexia
Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) Member of the BDA Music Committee

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.

Richard Taylor ARCM

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.

Liz Foulds

A total godsend after 33 years of teaching and having to write in a manual theory book, what an absolute gem of a find!

Aurette Hayes, North Wales Music Tuition Centre