Quick Fix Friday

Quick Fix Friday: Play scales musically

It’s been a while since I’ve written a Quick Fix Friday!

Here’s a quick fix to start your weekend on the right note:

Do you practice your scales (or other technical exercises) with the same musical intention as you do when you’re working on études or repertoire?

Chances are, probably not.

Scales are music too, but a large number of musicians focus just on the technical aspects, ignoring phrasing, tension, and overall musicality or expression.

The quick fix?

Add some musicality to your scales the next time you practice. Incorporate dynamics, rubato, pacing, and anything else to make your scales more interesting to play and to practice. Not only will this help you develop your expressive abilities, but it will also make scales much more fun to practice.

Have a great weekend, and happy practicing!

P.S. If you’re looking for more quick fixes, check out my 100 Clarinet Quick Fixes to help take your clarinet playing to the next level!