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I Hate Practicing Scales!

Why practicing scales and arpeggios is important and strategies for teaching them. Most piano students don't enjoy practicing scales, but there are some things teachers can do to make them more enjoyable. Here are three strategies to use when teaching scales and arpeggios to students. 1. Explain the Value of Scales and Arpeggios Remember the scene in The Karate Kid when Daniel gets fed up with Mr. Miaggi because he thinks he's just doing a bunch of chores for him? "Wax on, wax off". What Mr. Miaggi didn't explain to Daniel was that he was learning foundational skills. They need many, many repetitions so that they became automatic. Practicing scales and arpeggios are just like "waxing on a

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