Improving Your Scales – A LOT!
By Samantha Coates
The ScaleBlitzer app is the revolutionary new app that makes scales and arpeggios (and any other technical work) fun and interesting to play!
It’s an iPhone app that works on iPad too. ScaleBlitzer is changing attitudes to practice and making parents and teachers sit back and smile.
Enter in your homework
Rather than practice with a notebook in front of you that lists the scales your teacher wants you to practice that week, you can enter that list into the app and have it generate a huge variety of activities to do based on the keys you’ve entered. Not only that – ScaleBlitzer REMEMBERS your homework and KEEPS TRACK of your progress.
Rate your own playing
Everyone knows that effective practice requires listening to the way you’ve played something and deciding whether it needs more work or not. The ScaleBlitzer app has self-rating buttons for each activity, and it remembers which scales you’ve rated well and those you’ve rated poorly. You’ll get tested more often on the ones you’re having trouble with, until they start to improve.
Choose your difficulty level
There are five different modes in to choose from in the ScaleBlitzer app:
Warm-up: Easy practice methods like ‘ascending only’, ‘play twice’, or ‘no blowing, fingering only’!
Basic: No practice method given, just straight out no-frills instructions (e.g. like you would get in an exam)
Muscle Builder: Practice methods using such things rhythms and accents
Brain Strain: Harder practice methods, or a combination of two methods! (e.g. in a certain rhythm AND staccato)
Thrill Seeker: This mode is not for the faint-hearted! You’ll get some really tough methods, or sometimes THREE different methods to incorporate into one scale!
Many times there are practice methods that pop up with a simple reminder of good practice habits, such as ‘think about your posture’ or ‘think about your sound’.
There are also practice methods for long notes, such as ‘tonic only: hold for 6 seconds’.
Earn Points and awards
Progress and rewards will motivate any student. Not only do you accumulate points which are displayed on the leaderboard on the ScaleBlitzer website, you earn rewards for these points such as medals, trophies, and wardrobe items for your character!
ScaleBlitzer is the revolutionary app for flute technical work practice and is currently on special for $2.99. Prelim and Grade 1 are included, and you can buy additional packs for up to Grade 5 technical work.
It is currently available for piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone and trumpet, with more instruments coming soon.
Check out the ScaleBlitzer app in the App Store