Five Finger Picture Scales, today’s Throwback Thursday, is one of the most popular things I’ve made. They were very unique back in the day, and now this type of graphic is available everywhere. I’m glad, because a lot of students simply can’t follow scales on tiny little staves! Put them in your students’ binder and enjoy. Long time followers of my blog know that they are also available in five-finger minor, as well as one and two-octave major and harmonic minor versions. Scroll down for links. Here’s the original post from 2008.
Five Finger Picture Scales are very helpful when teaching young children. I originally made these for a very young student who was having some trouble reading notes. It was so long ago I can’t even remember who I made it for, but it is one of the most popular downloads on my website. You can print out just one page or the whole set.
I am a very big fan of learning all the major and minor 5-finger positions because it helps piano students in so many ways: hand position, transposition, theory, ear training; the list goes on and on. I always teach them in the circle of 5ths because later it helps with the theory. After we learn the 5-finger scales we learn cross over arpeggios in all the major and minor keys. Young students love how “big” they sound when they can do that.