Module: 1.3

Here’s a good warm-up scale for beginners (even the ones who have been playing for forty years). I call it the “interval scale” because we repeat each interval within the scale four times.

 


D Major Interval

Here’s the D Major Interval Scale. If any intervals is difficult, just focus on that for a bit. For example, D3-A0 is often hard for beginners, so spend extra time just practicing that.

  1. D0-1-0-1-0-1-0-1
  2. D1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2
  3. D2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3
  4. D3-A0-D3-A0-D3-A0-D3-A0
  5. A0-1-0-1-0-1-0-1
  6. A1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2
  7. A2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3
  8. A3-E0-A3-E0-A3-E0-A3-E0

The interval scale is a good way to switch gears when learning and practicing something difficult. Take a break, breathe deeply and play this simple scale slowly for a minute or two. It centers you, helping you to connect with your sound and find the correct tuning.


Further practice

As usual, I encourage you to make the scales fun by adding variation.

  • Rhythms (like hoedown, triplets)
  • Slur patterns (slur 2, slur 4)
  • Dynamics (slow/fast, quiet/loud)

You can use this idea for any scale. So when you learn G Major in the next module, review this lesson and try to do it in G Major. You’ll start like this:

G0-1-0-1-0-1-0-1

Use a G drone to practice:


You may discover that you struggle more with certain intervals, like D3-A0. Take time to just practice those difficult intervals before returning to the interval scale.

The interval scale is a good way to switch gears when learning and practicing something difficult. Take a break, breathe deeply and play this simple scale slowly for a minute or two. It centers you, helping you to connect with your sound and find the correct tuning.


Further

As usual, I encourage you to make the scales fun by adding variation.

  • Rhythms (like hoedown, triplets)
  • Slur patterns (slur 2, slur 4)
  • Dynamics (slow/fast, quiet/loud)

Another easy way to make the scales more fun is to alternate between a scale and its tune.

And if you’re new to the idea of practicing intervals, I recommend this lesson: Interval Practice


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