Picture Scales 5 Finger Major

5 Finger Major

5 Finger Minor

One Octave Major

One Octave Harmonic Minor

Two Octave Major

Two Octave Harmonic Minor

I’ve finally finished remaking all of the Picture Scales. I needed to update some things under the hood, so I took the opportunity to make some more changes including remaking the one octave and two-octave scales.

They aren’t easy to make, so I was really dreading it.  Then there is the problem of not knowing my left hand from my right. Plus, I constantly mix up the 4th and 2nd finger. And the 1 and 5. Now that I think about it, how did I ever learn to read music! 🙂

However, over the years they have been well worth it.  I use regular scale books, too, but there are times when picture scales come in handy. My theory is, use what works! These picture scales are excellent for:

  • Visual learners
  • Memorizing scales
  • Teaching scales by ear
  • Students with learning disabilities

To find these in the future, go to the top menu and select Free > Newer Free Resources > Teaching Aids. Or just do a Google search for “Susan Paradis picture scales”.

If you like the idea of picture scales but don’t like my fingering,  I have posted some sheets where you can write your own.



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13 thoughts to “Picture Scales in All Keys

  • LadyD

    What an awesome, valuable resource to have in the studio. Such a work of love! I’m so appreciative and will use these with our technic study. Thanks, Susan!

    • Susan Paradis

      You’re welcome, LadyD!

  • Lauren Denning

    This is so wonderful!!! Thank you! You are an angel.

  • Linda

    Great! Thank you for this wonderful resource.

  • Lynelle Vogel

    the link to the 1 octave major scales is not working.

    • Sarah

      Agreed! The 1 octave major scales link is not working.

    • Susan Paradis

      It seems to be working for me. Try it again. You could have been trying to open it at the same time I was trying to fix and upload the corrected version.

      • Sarah

        I’ll bet you’re right…It works now! Thanks, Susan! 🙂

  • Amy

    Perfect timing! I was just thinking of finding some minor scales for my students to learn and yours were in my inbox! Thank you for all your time making these!!

    • Susan Paradis

      Be sure you print the version with the correct 5-finger C# minor!

  • Kirsti

    Thank you! I love your picture scales, especially the 5 finger patterns that I can use with my younger students and they feel so successful! I’m looking forward to trying the one and two octave scales.

  • Deb Meier

    Susan, I just noticed 2 extra dots on the C# minor 5-finger pattern that you may want to fix. Thank you for your hard work in making your picture scales.

    • Susan Paradis

      Got to fix that right now!! Thanks!
      [Edited: I fixed it, but you might have to refresh your screen to see the correct version.]

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