Picture Scales in All Keys

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 Responses to Picture Scales in All Keys

  1. 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!

  2. Lauren Denning

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

  3. Great! Thank you for this wonderful resource.

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

  5. 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!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.]