The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences: Includes All the Major, Minor (Natural, Harmonic, Melodic) & Chromatic Scales -- Plus Additional Instructions on Music Fundamentals

Category: Music
Author: Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, Amanda Vick Lethco
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by Metroid413   2019-11-17

I would definitely recommend grabbing this book for yourself and going through the scales and, once you're comfortable, the arpeggios. It's an essential book in my opinion.

Otherwise, I would recommend going through the Alfred books at least to the middle/end of Book 2. Once there, I found I was ready to move on to some classical pieces.

by Metroid413   2019-11-17

This book is an essential for getting the scales, chords, and arpeggios in all 24 keys (including all forms of minor). You should just work your way up in order.

When I say "know your 4 note chords", I'm basically just saying that being somewhat familiar with the chords and their inversions will help tremendously because Anime piano arrangements often just consist of a combination of 4 note chords, arpeggios (based on those chords!), and octaves. So if you recognize those chords when you see them, the fingering will come a lot easier and the progressions will become clear, making the whole process a lot easier.

That's one other thing I forgot to mention: I'd recommend working on your octave technique. Speed, flexibility, etc.

by Metroid413   2019-07-21

First off, for you wanting to print off all of the scales, cadences, etc -- that sounds like more effort than it's worth. Personally, I bought this book and I know many others that have it. I'd recommend checking it out, it's cheap and I've had it for a few years now.

In regards to your routine, it's about exactly what I have, so I think it's pretty good. I have slightly more weight to technique over sight reading (probably 20 minutes of technique stuff and 15 minutes of sight reading) but that's just a matter of personal preference.

An additional resource I recommend to people for sight reading is this set of sight reading exercises. I saw that u/yeargdribble recommended them, got them myself and they've helped my sight reading exponentially.

Happy learning!

by OtherwiseEffective3   2019-07-21

Doing daily scales and arpeggios from a book is a pretty high priority really.

This book is good:

by TurtlePrius   2019-07-21

I work for a university music library. Our piano professors use this book (similar to the one you link):


It has a super handy chart at the end with just the fingering numbers for each scale. I used a similar chart as a piano major many years ago.