I have students ask me questions along the lines of “Why should I practice scales?” or “Why should I practice arpeggios?”
It’s possible that it may not be as exciting as your new shiny solo, or as they say in German “langweilig” which basically means possibly tedious and repetitive, but scales and arpeggios are not only important, but super-duper CRUCIAL.
Let me use some analogies to put into perspective.[headline style=”6″ font_size=”22″ font_style=”bold%20italic” align=”right” headline_tag=”h2″]”Scales are brick foundation for your flute playing.”[/headline]
When you build a house, you pour a foundation of concrete first, and the amount of rebar or metal spikes you set in the concrete decides how strong your foundation will be. Your scales and arpeggios are like the rebar in the concrete foundation of your technique.
YOU decide how strong it will be, through practicing and healthy and positive expectation.
Not practicing your scales and arpeggios is like trying to cross the Sahara Desert with only one water bottle. There is no guarantee that you’ll find water.
Or diving down to the ruins of the Titanic (13,000 feet down) in a shuttle that has only a partially filled oxygen tank.
Your technique will not hold you through all stages of your education unless you practice your scales and arpeggios regularly.
Every piece of music is made up of patterns and intervals. Scales and arpeggios are the most efficient and helpful way to practice those intervals. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get better and more comfortable with your technique just because it’s seems like it could be boring.
Don’t forget that it is only as boring as YOU choose to make it. There are hundreds of ways to make your scales interesting. But that is an article for another day. 🙂
Any questions? Leave a comment below.