Countdown to MMD 2023: Scale Challenge Week 5

Make Music Day

Welcome back to the MMD 2023 scale practice challenge, where we are practicing one major scale per week for 12 weeks leading up to Make Music Day 2023. Next week we will be halfway through, so stick with it, this work will pay off in so many ways.

This week, we are playing B major; as with the previous weeks, we will continue to work thoughtfully, play slowly and with good tone, noticing how we are playing, listening to how it sounds. Once again, we will play each of the previous scales at least once per day, perfectly; let’s change things up a little this week, and play all the scales we have worked on so far in reverse; starting from the top, descend through each scale, and then ascend to finish. Notice how this changes your thoughts, how it affects your technique, and pay attention to all of this. Play more slowly if you need to, remembering that accuracy and clarity are more important than speed.

Thanks for sticking with this practice, and I hope everyone is already feeling the benefits! See you next week for the next key, and remember to tag us if you’re joining in this challenge, #makemusicpractice