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Dominate Your Piano Scales in 10 Minutes a Day [Free Webinar]

all right let's get this webinar started

hello everybody my name is Zack Evans

founder of piano University and I hope

you have an awesome week because today

we're going to discover how to

absolutely dominate any scale you're

learning with just ten minutes a day of

practice and zero frustration now a lot

of people have these problems with

scales a lot of people's scales are or

they're kind of choppy and uneven a lot

of times they're really tough to get

hands together you might have hands

separate fine but it's tough getting

that other hand in and a lot of people

they say they feel kind of stuck and I

know that exact feeling where you're

just on that plateau and it seems like

the harder you practice the more stuck

you are and the less results and the

worse your scales get so we're going to

cover all of those all those issues and

exactly how to solve them and the

biggest thing the one thing I want you

to get out of this webinar if nothing

else and it's the solution to these

problems is that you need what I call a

piano scale workout plan right it has to

be a systematic series of exercises to

develop your scales not just repeat your

scales over and over that's a very slow

method of learning it's it's in the long

run it's not going to drill in scales

where you wanted to you want a workout

plan and it's what I call p90x in your

scales sometimes now if you don't know

that workout program p90x we're going to

use a similar technique to piano scales

too as what they use in p90x and we'll

go over that in a little bit alright

make sure you stick around to the end at

the end of the video we're going to talk

about the entire overview piano scales

mastery the total plan and how to get it

we're going to talk about the single

biggest mistake every beginner piano

player makes when it comes to scales and

I've taught tons of students and

literally 90% and that's not an

exaggeration literally nine out of 10

beginners make this mistake and if you

do everything right that I'm voting to

you every single thing except you make

this mistake

nothing works it's like the the weak

link in the chain

I'm going to go over it exactly how to

avoid that and it's pretty simple to

avoid once you know what it is and I'm

also going to give away a couple bonuses

at the end a couple free PDF cheat

sheets and I have a special deal going

on - for a ebook that I'm selling so I

also have that but there's a ton of

stuff in this in this webinar anyway all

right

so to get the most out of this webinar

now I've taken a lot of webinars before

and I realized there's certain things

that I did to get more out of webinars

whether whatever that webinar is

teaching first thing go to a piano if

possible if you're not near a piano

don't worry about it just promise me

you'll go to one later but the sooner

you apply everything I'm teaching the

sooner you can actually physically plunk

down at the piano and practice

everything

the sooner you're going to get results

if you literally watch his webinar a

thousand times and and you never

practice any of it none of these

techniques are going to work so you want

to get to a piano really as soon as

possible step 2

turn off that cell phone I know that

whenever I'm watching any kind of

learning you know environment if I have

my cell phone on

I'm gonna check Instagram I'm gonna

check snapchat

I love snapchat and I'm not going to

focus during any of it so in fact I

would almost even if you can go put your

cell phone in another room if you're

really serious about getting results

with your piano skills and learning from

this webinar so three close all your

tabs if you have facebook open in one

tab and this open another tab in you

know this YouTube video of a baby kitten

doing a backflip and the other like you

know you're not going to pay attention I

do it all the time close out all those

tabs fullscreen this video and let's get

piano scales you're a hundred percent

attention so we can really just take

care of this aspect of your piano

playing that's what I want to do for you

I also want to say if you're watching

this arm right now on live webinar the

only downside is I can only use one

camera angle because I don't know how to

set it up with multiple camera angles

but I do have another camera running

right now it's going to give a top-down

view at the piano so I'm going to have

the replay up as well so if you're

watching this on youtube or on my

website or something as the replay don't

worry I have a bunch of different camera

angles I'll do some fan

fancy video editing you know to get more

stuff in there for you guys and I'll try

to make the audio a little better but if

you're watching it live I'm just letting

you know that that's going to be out

there alright let's get started if you

can hear me if you're ready if you've

done all those things go ahead in the

question box and just type in excited to

show me that you know we're ready to go

ready to start the webinar alright got a

couple of these in so like people can

hear me look slick - everything's things

good to go alright

102 first thing I want you do remember

this number we're going to come back to

it later a number 102 it relates to what

we're going to talk about alright so

it's no secret scales are extremely

important a lot of people don't know why

so real quick I'm just going to before

we get into the you know tactics and

strategies I'm going to just go over why

they're important and why it's so

critical learning biggest thing is

getting that what I like to call the

at-home feel on the keys you know some

people play and they look like they're

not even trying they look so so

comfortable you know what I mean like

like it's none and then you start to

play if you're beginner and you just

feel awkward right you feel like you're

telling your finger to do something and

it's not doing it and I remember I used

to think it just meaning you know me

mean that I needed to practice a song

more but now that I've gone through you

know the fire I realize it's just like

my finger strength dexterity all that

stuff isn't there yet and no matter how

much I practice this one song it's just

my techniques not there I'm never going

to get that at home feel on the keys

until you learn all your all your scales

and really drill them in and get that

technique solid now there I got to say

scales is one of a series of exercises

that will develop you know surefire

solid rock solid technique but it in my

opinion is the number one and I think

most piano teachers will agree you know

there's also arpeggios there's octaves

there's drills like the finger gauntlet

that one's really good for finger

independence right but scales is the

number one if you don't learn anything

else put scales like you'll be at least

on the right track

all right it's also the quickest way to

master different keys what I mean by

this is like let's say you're trying to

learn okay what are the notes in d major

because I'm going to play a song in D

major I want to know where the sharps

and flats are now you can go get

flashcards and memorize them that way

and then you know intellectually you'll

have an idea what the keys are but it's

not very practical because you have to

think of what the key is in your mind

and then you have to apply to the

keyboard now when you go through all

your scales and you master them what

happens is let's say you're playing a

song and f-sharp you'll instantly be

able to know okay an f-sharp these are

the Sharks and flats you know if I'm a D

major its F sharp and C sharp I can

literally see it on the keyboard because

I played that scale time and time again

that repetition builds it in so it's

almost like a music theory tool as well

as a technique tool and blessing this is

one thing that's pretty much every

teacher is going to preach scales I've

only come across a few teachers in my

life you know there's there's some

aspects of piano that are kind of

disagreed upon right I think that 90% of

students will benefit more from playing

by ear than sight that's one of my

things there's a lot of people that

disagree with me on that

you know the playing by ear versus sight

reading is kind of a split split camp

among teachers piano scales is pretty

much unified like in the piano universe

the piano verse pretty much everybody

all the teachers are like yeah the

scales are important if you dominate

your scales your technique is going to

be awesome so it's one of those things

that it's just worth it to put in the

time master them and get your technique

to that next level all right I want you

to think what would happen if you could

develop a routine to dominate any scale

with ten minutes a day at practice and

what I mean by that is you know right

you know in your mind that if you do

this routine for ten minutes a day

there's no wildcards your scale will be

good by the end of the week you know

that in your head that's what I want to

help you develop so you could have that

confidence and it's very motivating as

well when you know you're going to get

results and that's what I want

help you try to do all right so before I

get started on the actual strategies I

want to tell you what I tried first what

it why it didn't work and why you have

to use strategies like the ones I'm

going to discuss right so when I first

you know started learning scales

teachers would tell me just practice

more I hate I hate I hate that answer is

it true yeah of course you need to just

practice more but you don't need to just

practice more you need to practice more

in a certain way you know to me it's not

just repeat the scales a thousand times

and then you'll have you know that you

can do it that way it's going to take a

long time you're going to drill them

some bad habits and trust me it's not

the easiest path from point A to point B

I tried also the random YouTube strategy

approach where as you look up a bunch of

videos on YouTube right you might get

one video it might be right it might be

wrong you're not really sure

you might try it out for two weeks it

doesn't help your scale so then you try

another one maybe this other video is

correct but maybe you're not at that

level yet maybe maybe this is a

technique for more advanced players so

the really and I was trying to piece

together all these random YouTube

strategies some work some didn't some

work but I was not at the right level

for them I want to give you an

integrated system right a system of

strategies that you don't have to go all

over YouTube looking for different ways

I just want to give you one thing that

works not a hundred things that kind of

work one thing one system that works

really well that's my goal throughout

this when I did it that way let's do a

lot of choppy uneven scales because I

wasn't using a certain thumb technique

that I'm going to talk to you guys in a

bit

and yeah just don't make the same

mistakes I did

hands together was a nightmare it was

you know even when I got my hands

separate decent hands together was was

tough and I spent a really long time

trying to learn every scale I don't want

you to make the same mistakes now here's

why it didn't work my teacher didn't

teach me how to practice growing up and

and choose a great teacher you know and

I think a lot of piano teacher

mean well but there is something missing

within the piano teacher market where

teachers teach you what to do

but not how to do here's what I mean

they'll tell you okay a C major scale

they'll tell you the notes they'll tell

you the fingerings but that's it and

then they'll just say well you got to

practice it a lot so what do you do you

sit down you go on home you sit down on

your piano and you say okay do I

practice right hand first and then left

hand or don't just start hands together

do I play it fast right away or do I

start it slow do I play it ten times in

a row or do I play right hand ten times

and left hand you don't there is no

specific when I sit down at the piano

here is what I do and that's so critical

I mean that's like you spend all all

your time practicing and you don't even

know if you're practicing correctly I

think it's one of the big things that

the piano industry is missing and I want

to teach you that I want to teach you

okay this strategy when you sit down at

the piano this is exactly what you do

there is no wiggle room there is no

maybe this won't work because I'm not

doing it right I want you to be sure

that you're doing a hundred percent

correctly all right another thing we all

have 24 hours in a day there isn't one

person in the history of the universe

that has 25 hours and we're all busy I

get it you got school or you got work or

you got kids you got so much stuff to do

the answer is not always practicing more

the answer is practicing better the

answer is that ten-minute block that

you've carved out for practicing your

scales you want to get more results out

of that time in a block you don't want

to get decent results out of a 30-minute

block you want to get every second of

that ten minutes is being spent moving

you forward as fast as possible and

we're going to talk about that later so

what you need is a routine you need

these strategies you need tactics you

need specific exercises designed to

accomplish a specific goal and this is

what I'm talking about p90x now if you

don't know p90x it's a very successful

workout routine basically what they do

is instead of just saying do push-ups

every day they'll mix it up the first

day you might do normal push-ups the

second day you might do push-ups but

they're close grip right third day you

might do push-ups but

but your feet are up on a chair so your

body is angled like this and you're

doing push-ups and what's critical they

call it muscle confusion and what it

does is it hits your muscles from every

different angle so like your muscles

have to respond because you're hitting

them from every different angle and

making them learn now with piano scales

we want to do the exact same thing we

want to hit it from every different

practice angle we can and that's how you

drill it in solid so it's not kind of

like half there half not there we just

beat it into submission with different

angles that hit it from every angle so

it will be just rock-solid all right all

right here is it so let's get on to the

kind of meet up here's what you need to

do in four steps step one you need to

learn the practice accelerator

strategies that's just a cool term I

made up for how you practice the

strategies you use the practice I think

it sounds cooler though so I like saying

that kind of helps people up too

sometimes

then you need a systematic practice

routine okay so now we have all these

strategies how do we develop a routine

that encompasses these strategies you

know what days of the week do I practice

this strategy what level of development

do I practice the strategy that kind of

stuff we'll go over that how to avoid

that biggest mistake remember if you're

making this mistake nothing else is

going to work I don't care how hard you

practice and fourth step practice you

need to commit commit commit 10 minutes

a day I'm begging you I'm begging you

just do this for a week cuz if you do it

for a week you will get the results once

you know you can get the results it'll

be that much more motivating to go on

next week but I want you to commit and

no that doesn't mean practice six hours

one day and none the rest of the rest of

the week it doesn't count it doesn't you

can't you know forget one day and then

practice twenty minutes a second day

it's not the same you need every day 10

minutes every single day that's what I'm

asking from you small commitment if you

want to really take your piano skills to

the next level

all right let's get on to it step 1 is

the practice strategies themselves now

I'm going to move over to the piano so

we have this overhead mic going alright

so the first strategy is called the

quick

thumb technique now you might have heard

this if you've taken the psh course or

some of my other courses but even if you

have I think it's a good idea to kind of

reiterate it and make sure you're still

practicing it correctly so here's what

happens here's one of the biggest causes

of sloppy uneven piano skills what

beginners do is they play the first

three notes look we're just going to do

C major because it's easy so C major

scale they play the first three notes

and then the fourth note it gets awkward

right their scales sound like that it's

good up until that weird thumb part and

then it gets Willie choppy because it's

that weird thumb under thing the reason

that happens is because beginners play

the first three notes

now look where your thumb is way over at

this seat it has to get from the seat

all the way over to this F so now it has

to be this big like jump and it's

difficult to do you know you want your

thumb to be closer to this F right away

so you don't have to do this big jump

over so what you do is you need to tuck

your thumb under as you're playing the D

and the E right so it's going to go one

two three and now look where your thumb

is now you might not be able to see what

the camera angle but it's it's right

above this F because you've tucked it

under your finger so it's going to be

it's going to actually tuck under I

don't know if you can see that just like

this now I know some of you going to go

in the comments and you're going to say

this is wrong there's a thumb over

technique of playing yes there is a

thumb over technique this is not a

beginner technique you want to start

with the thumb under technique and then

later as your scales get faster and

faster naturally you'll be able to

transition into thumb over technique I'm

not going to go into that now that's

kind of an advanced technique but for

now tuck it under

now what'd I tell you before I'm not

going to teach you just how to do it I'm

going to teach you how to practice

specifically okay so when you sit down

at the piano actually here's what you

need to do first step play the first two

notes that's it let's just niche down on

these first two note C and D and all I

want you to do is practice moving your

thumb under at the same time you're

pressing down that D right so it's going

to look like this thumb under right do

that eight times

the next one is going to be the first

three notes I only did it three times

but do it eight times the knick then

it's going to be seen

right tuck that thumb now it's going to

feel awkward at first it's going to feel

weird but once you do it enough time

probably two or three days it'll start

to feel normal and then you do 1 2 3 4 1

2 3 4 right and your thumbs right

if thumbs should be right above that F

before you play it because it's tucked

under

just like that

do this slow enough Salty's you don't

worry about speed all we're doing is

practicing this quick thump technique

that's it that's strategy number one now

obviously you want to practice it with

your left hand too so you're going to do

you know one two and then eventually one

two three four to get that thumb under

for your left hand too but for now I'm

just going to teach you the right hand

we're going to go over the more overview

later oh one quick thing before I forget

so right now I'm teaching all the

strategies maybe you're thinking okay

how do I even know this guy's legit he's

actually good piano player I'm gonna put

a link below to my other YouTube channel

and there's literally a video of me

playing all 12 major scales fast four

octaves so you can kind of decide for

yourself I just want to make sure I'm

not you know trying to brag or anything

I just want to make sure that you know

okay this guy that's teaching me he acts

he knows his stuff he didn't just read

this in a book and his teaching me he

actually went through the strategies

didn't auto play scales use these

strategies now I can play scales right

that's that's the only reason okay let's

get back to it so that's strategy number

one is the quick thumb technique

strategy number two is called practicing

and rhythms and if you've taken any my

courses you might have heard these

before this is my go-to this is my

number one like this will drill almost

anything in you don't just use it for

scales use it for a ton of different

things but it's a great way to practice

with scales as well now this one's going

to take a little longer here's how it

works there's four different rhythms

you're going to practice them it hits

the scale at a slightly different angle

every time and when you put them all

together eventually it kind of hits

every aspect of the scale individually

here's how it works first you're going

to play it two times normal slowly so

just play the scale

you

and just be super accurate two times

slope next you're going to play it four

times using rhythm number one no rhythm

number one goes like this

it's long-short long-short long-short

long it's going to sound like this

all right that's one rep you're going to

do it four times you're going to do

again

right and then you can do it too twice

you can do three times four times where

the number two now we move on to we're

going to do this one four times as well

it's the opposite of that it's long

short long short long it's going to

sound like this I'm going to do that

four times number three this rhythm is

where it starts giving a little trickier

you might have to clap this rhythm out

first before you play it you're going to

have to play it slow if you're beginner

and you haven't had you know much work

with rhythms but it goes like this long

short short short long short short short

long so it's going to sound like this

long short short short long short short

short long short short short long short

short

I'll do that one more time for you guys

long short short short long short short

short long short short short long short

all right you're going to do that four

times and the last one you're going to

do is going to be short short short long

short short short long short short short

long sounds like this short short short

long short short short long short short

short long short short short just like

that now when you're practicing at first

you might have to go slower you might be

able to go faster the key is you've got

to be disciplined and stay accurate and

use the correct fingerings um I'm gonna

talk about fingerings later I'm gonna

give you a cheat sheet pdf at the end of

this video but you have to use the

correct fingering and you have to be

accurate with everything all right so

you do slow twice each of the rhythms

four times each and then you do two more

times the normal scale slow

all right so I'm just going to recap

that real quick this is a little bit

longer of a routine so it's two times

played a scale normal slope four times

using the first rhythm long short long

short long then four times using the

second rhythm short long short long

short long four times using the third

rhythm long short short short long short

short short long four times using the

fourth rhythm short short short long

short short short long and then two more

times normal slow tempo I'm at the end

of this video I'll give you guys a PDF

cheat sheet that has you know everything

on it all the different strategies on it

so you can get it I'll show you where to

get it then anyway so now we have two

strategies right we have the quick thumb

and then we have the rhythm strategy

again with the rhythms you're going to

do with your left hand too just like

anything else alright third strategy

metronome ramped up this is what this

solves the metronome wrap-up solves a

problem where you can play a scale slow

but when you try to speed it up it gets

sloppy it gets choppy it gets

uncoordinated now the reason for that is

people try to go from zero to 100 right

away not going to work your fingers

aren't ready for that yet so the

metronome rep of what it does is it

takes your scale from a very slow tempo

and gradually and systematically works

it up to a higher tempo because we're

going to do you're going to first get a

metronome now my metronome just run out

of battery so I'm going to use a online

metronome I actually don't recommend

using an online one because you're going

to get distracted when you're practicing

don't have your computer nearby you know

unless you're practicing video lessons

if you are trying to full screen them

you know don't have your phone with the

metronome app you're going to go on

Instagram you know my opinion on this

but anyway I'll just show you how it

works so set it to a slow tempo first

you might have to go even let's go even

slower just you need a slow tempo that's

just ridiculously easy for you to play

right where you're never going to make a

mistake at this tempo and just play four

times

the sample so

boom that's one you do it four more

times

next you bump the tempo up between 8 and

15 BPM here we go it's slightly faster

then you bump it up 8 to 15 BPM again

play it again four times bump it up

again play it again four times so

basically you're playing four times and

8 to 15 BPM the reason I choose that is

that's when our brain kind of like

barely notices a difference right it can

notice that there is a difference in

speed but it can barely even process so

it doesn't seem any faster won't freak

you out you can gradually speed them up

now eventually you will hit a point what

I call your max tempo where you start

making mistakes right up into that point

you're playing it without mistakes

through a smooth they weren't choppy

once you hit that point where you're

starting to make mistakes what you need

to do is focus focus focus and try as

hard as you can to play it four times

smoothly no mistakes now you might not

be able to do this it might be that

might be your max tempo for the day if

if it is that's fine but you have to try

to push yourself a little bit past your

comfort zone now the most important

thing is after you practice that last

one four times where you start making

mistakes you stop you go back to a slow

tempo and you play it four more times

slowly and the this is huge because if

you don't do this your body's going to

remember that sloppy fast plane right

and it's going to drill in sloppy habits

now originally I would say okay never

practice sloppy but you're going to have

to push yourself because otherwise

you'll never know where your boundaries

are so you have to push yourself a

little past but you have to make sure

you come back and at the end play it

nice and slow perfect just beat you know

you want to just be looking at your

fingers like every single hit is your

baby and you're gonna you're going to

care for it like it's your kid and

you're going to make them perfect all

right so just to recap that one start at

a super slow tempo play it four times

bump the tempo up eight to fifteen BPM

play it four times bump it up again four

times then eventually you're going to

get hit your max tempo the point where

you start making mistakes that's when

you're really focusing you dig in and

you try as hard as you can to hit that

tempo maybe you'll hit it maybe you

won't but either way after that time you

go back to the slow tempo play it again

for more

tongues alright let's go back to the

computer now and I'm going to tell you

about how to now we have these

strategies the quick thumb the rhythms

the metronome wrap-up let's talk about

how to accumulate these into an overall

practice workout routine alright step to

develop a routine so here's an example

routine um this is not necessarily going

to be your routine but an example of

what you would plan out now I'd love to

say that I have this the perfect routine

and you have to do this many of this

this many of this but the problem with

that is all of you watching this are at

different levels a piano and also for

some of you you'll find one strategy

that just gets buckets and every time

you use it you just see crazy results

and others you will have a different

strategy that really really works for

you but all these well strategies will

work for you to some extent so you're

going to have to design your own routine

let me give you an example of what 10 a

10 minute routine weekly might look like

so you take out your calendar Monday

Monday you might do hands separate quick

thumb and the rhythm strategy right you

do the quick thumb strategy right hand

quick some strategy left hand then you

do the rhythms right hand rhythms left

hand you see if that takes about 10

minutes

Tuesday hands separate metronome ramped

up so now you take your right hand you

do the whole metronome ramp up and the

metronome ramp up takes a lot longer

than the other two you'll notice that

once you start actually putting this

into practice and then you do left hand

metronome ramped up you're done for the

day Wednesday hands together rhythms now

you've got each hand drilled in

separately well so now you put the hands

together you run the rhythms you run the

four rhythms Thursday hinge hands

together you run the metronome right

booked you know Friday hands separate

the thumb under isolation now this is

another strategy I haven't talked about

in this I'll tell you how to get it

later but this is just a strategy it's

basically the quick thumb strategy but

takes it to another level

if you want your thumb under to just be

like almost the best part of your skull

like that's even more comfortable than

the rest of the scale I'll talk about

that later Saturday hands together add a

note strategy that's another strategy I

have I'm that I didn't tell you about

yet but this is an example of a routine

you might have no notice you always

start with hands separate and in fact

even if I learn a new scale even if I

think I could put it hands together the

first day the first date never do hands

together I have this rule for myself and

the reason is to make sure and keep me

from being sloppy if you practice hands

separate then sleep on it and then come

back the next day like the scale I don't

know how to explain it other than it's

in a different part of your brain right

it goes to a deeper part of your brain

once you sleep on it and wake up the

next day I don't know that sounds weird

and maybe like woowoo do kind of stuff

but I highly suggest practicing only

hands step with the first day a lot of

times the first couple days of even

three days if it's a tough scale for you

but don't bring enhanced hands together

too quickly and then you want to just

you know pick different strategies and

one thing I want to make sure you guys

know is the first time you do this

you're going to do it wrong and what I

mean by that is you're going to either

pick too many strategies or you're

you're going to go hand together too

fast and that's fine you this is not a

rigid routine this is a flexible one

that you have to learn how it works for

you so for example the first week maybe

use this strategy right here you go on

two hands together on Wednesday and you

figure out I am NOT ready for hands

together you know I'm not I'm not at

that level yet so then you say okay no

big deal next time I do this routine you

know next week when I do it I'm going to

do three days a hand separate right or

you might figure out okay Monday I said

I was gonna do hands separate put them

in rhythms but that took me 45 minutes

because I'm still practicing it really

slow so then you know for next time okay

Monday maybe I can only do you know

rhythms hands separate and can't do the

quick thumb method as well and you'll

get to hang them you'll get the hang of

it one one big thing to this is has

nothing to with piano but everything to

do with how you learn use a count up

timer like I stopwatch or something it I

don't know how to explain it other than

it just makes you more focused it makes

you more motivated when you say okay the

next 10 min

the next 10 minutes all I'm going to do

is drill in these scales no matter what

happens you press the start button you

put it on a piano and those next 10

minutes you are dedicated to to doing

scales now why don't I use a countdown

timer

sometimes when you're practicing your

scales you'll go into the zone is what I

call it and we've all been there

that time when you're practicing and you

just get lost in practice and you're so

focused and you just on point and you're

learning so fast now when that happens

you don't want to be interrupted right

you don't want a countdown timer where

that 10-minute beeper goes off and you

lose your focus you get out of the zone

when you're in the zone shoot stay in

there as long as you can get as much

practicing dunk as you you learned so

much faster when you're in the zone and

you can't just always make yourself get

into it so if you do get into it it's

like you got to run this thing for what

it's worth you know what I mean you if

you practice I practice sometimes like

45 minutes and I kind of blink and then

check my stopwatch and it's been 45

minutes

and I'm like well you know it's one of

those things and I'm sure that happens

to you all the time too so definitely

use account uptime second thing make

scales the first thing you do when

you're practice 15 always I don't care

if you wake up you brush your teeth and

you do scales do scales first couple

reasons for this one it's a great

warm-up it's a phenomenal warmup - I

really think technique and is is the

single biggest thing for beginners you

can say Oh playing expressively but the

thing is if you don't have the technique

you might be thinking expressively but

your fingers won't be able to carry it

out because you don't have that

coordination you don't have that

dexterity you don't have that confidence

on the keys I really do believe

technique is number one make it a habit

to every day when you sit down to

practice do scales first they're part or

involve setting goals so don't try to

learn all 12 scales at once I want you

to pick one scale a week right well I

heard this saying it's a if you chase

two rabbits shoot I don't know what the

saying is it's like if you taste two

rabbits you're not going to catch any

rabbits right because if you chase this

one and chase this one and chase this

one you're never going to get anywhere

so pick one rabbit or one scale for one

week that's all you do is see major

right week one all you do

c-major drill that baby and drill that

sucker in and then week two you go on

another scale and guess what it will be

in no time I mean if you do all 12

scales that's 12 weeks that's three

months could you if you could say I will

have solid technique in three months ten

minutes a day would you say yes to that

shoot I would I think that's a good deal

so so don't try to do 12 at once just

pick one scale a week and that brings me

to let me ask you a question and this is

kind of interesting and hopefully it

motivates you to do your scales even

more it's gonna sound kind of weird but

it were like trust me in the first five

years on ASCII McDonald's only had one

store in the first five years of

existence now in the next six years how

many stores did it open now the answer

this I actually gave it to you earlier

in the webinar

102 stores isn't that crazy the first

year it's one store in almost the same

time period it opened up 102 school

stores now this is what in business they

call scaling a business right and here's

why it happened like that the first

McDonald's restaurant they had to learn

what worked right maybe they first

started out selling a lot trying to sell

a lot of chicken nuggets and all their

advertising chicken nuggets then they

realize everybody's buying the Big Mac

right so then they start advertising you

put all their advertising into the Big

Mac and they starts working you know you

have to figure out pricing you got to

figure out what works

TV ads are radio it's but once you have

that formula that works now when you

open up your second store while you oh

you go to San Francisco you open up

location number two it's super easy you

all you have the formula you might have

to tweak it slightly because San

Francisco might be a little bit

different than you know Nashville but

it's going to be for the most part the

same formula and then the third store is

going to be even easier and the fourth

is it even easier here's how this works

with scales and I know this seems like

it doesn't relate but let me tell you

how it does so the first week let's say

you learn C major

you learn that really well and the next

week you're learning G major let's

notice something about these scales the

first six notes are all white notes that

means that the same exact distance apart

which means when you drill in the muscle

memory for C major that exact same

muscle memory can be used for G major so

really when you learn G major you only

really learning two new notes that's it

and all you have to learn is two notes

so even if that first week you're kind

of struggling and you're like I kind of

have C major but I don't have it

100% don't worry about it go on to week

to practice G major G major will be much

easier by the end of the week you'll

probably master G major and the best

part the best part you go back to C

major and you practice it and often

without even practicing C major any more

days you'll realize it's gotten a lot

better

why because the entire time you're

practicing G major you're still

practicing those six notes you're you're

further internalizing that muscle memory

so on C major is going to be better now

you go to D right well that's just like

G major the same muscle memory they have

that one black note except D major also

has one more black note okay you're

learning one more note so this is I want

to try to impress upon you that there is

it's not a linear learning curve when it

comes to scales it's exponential right

it's hard at first but once you kind of

hit that click point you'll go up and up

and up and you'll learn which strategies

really really work for you which ones

can accelerate your progress all right

now let's go over this biggest mistake

because you can do everything right I've

taught you you can do all the strategies

you can to do all this stuff but if you

get this mistake wrong you will not

learn your scales fast no matter if you

everything else right and then after

this I'm going to go into the some

bonuses your free PDF sheets and stuff

like that so what is this biggest

mistake sloppy

practice now there's two huge reasons

for sloppy practice

sloppy practice it's when you you know

you use the wrong fingering you that's

wrong yeah it sounded like a C major

scale but I use my fourth finger on F

that's wrong if if you do sloppy word

you know choppy if you play the wrong

notes that's sloppy what I realized is

every time you practice something sloppy

you are literally getting worse at p.m.

right you're not you're not staying the

same you're getting worse because you're

drilling in the wrong habit you're

literally learning to do the wrong thing

and what I realized is a lot of

beginners especially with finger I

notice is if I'm in a lesson I'll be

like play a C major scale the play right

the first time second time they don't

concentrate they lose their focus and

they play an F with for now what happens

is now later when you try to speed your

scales up your brains learn two things

it's learned play F with fourth finger

and play up with your thumb so when you

get to that e your brain freaks out

because it has two different things and

it doesn't know which way to go so you

really have to kind of unlearn that bad

habit and then relearn the right hand

it's gonna take you even longer okay so

I'm gonna what I'm telling you is learn

it right the first time never go faster

than you can if you're if you think you

can go fast

don't go fast until it's perfectly

accurate at the last tempo you know what

I'm saying also don't try to do hands

together to her I used to do this all I

still do this sometimes because I know

it's exciting it sounds cooler with

hands together but if you don't have

hands separate good you're not gonna be

able to hand hands together good you're

going to play it sloppy you're going to

drill in bad habits and you're going to

get worse at piano one other big mistake

is people they do hands together and

they think that they can do it at the

same speed they did hands separate let's

say you have hands separate at this feet

you cannot play hands together at that

speed your brain is now going to try to

do two separate things at the same time

at the same speed no way you have to cut

your speed in half to be able to have

enough enough mental capacity at the

time to play those scales accurately if

it's your first time trying to play at

that tempo so you're gonna have to be

you know you're gonna have to be playing

at that tempo when you're going to hands

together so that's the one thing I'm

just like please please please focus

focus focus and do don't do sloppy

practice Hansa prefer slow down use the

same fingering every time and one thing

how I like to think of it sometimes I

call it monk practice um I want you to

picture you know like a monk right

imagine a monk pouring tea he doesn't

grab the team you know slosh it in the

cup he grabs the tea very slowly and

controlled he picks it up and he pours

it in the tea glass and he sets it down

right I want you to have that same

mindset when you're practicing scales

every single note is your baby and you

are going to care for it as well as you

can you are going to focus on every

single note of the scale make every one

perfect quality over quantity be a

quality practice err don't be a quantity

practice er and I apologize if you guys

know any monks out there I'm sure my my

rendition of a monk is probably not

accurate but it does help you get in

that mindset if you know what I mean

alright let's quick recap and then we're

going to go over the free PDFs and the

bonuses all right we learn the practice

accelerator strategies those were the

quick thumb the metronome ramped up and

the rhythms technique then we talked

about how to develop a systematic

practice routine right that's where as

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

the hands together is hands separate

what strategies am i using we talked

about the biggest mistake never never

never practice sloppy always perfect

practice step for obviously practice you

need to commit 10 minutes a day

all right now let's talk about the next

thing now this will help you this

routine I told you will help you a ton

if you want to just really maximize and

take like even to the next level I don't

have time obviously in this webinar to

go through every single practice

strategy but I do have an e-book it's

called lightning pass neon scales it has

a PDF in it piano scales mastery which

shows you the entire process to learning

there's actually three phases it goes

into all of those there's even more

print like I showed you three practice

strategies but there's even more just

like that it has like I said the three

phases so there's actually certain

practice strategies that work really

well in some phases and they work they

still work in the other ones but they're

just not optimized for the other ones so

you have to first first phases you have

to learn and memorize the scale second

phases you have to speed it up third

phase is expanding getting it from one

octave the two octaves or three octaves

to four octaves

I talked about the correct four motion I

don't have time to go into that but if

you're playing really stiff and flat

fingers I don't you know you're never

going to get your scales fast you could

get them accurate at a slow tempo but

you need a certain wrist motion it's a

certain like roll of the wrist I go more

and depth into that in the e-book and I

talk about how to expand to four octaves

like I said and more okay so right now

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I'm also going I kind of forgot to put

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practicing and peace out

you