"The States" method for practicing scales

Posted by: Cindysphinx

"The States" method for practicing scales - 09/08/04 09:39 AM

I promised months ago to ask my teacher to re-explain to me "The States" method for practicing scales, and finally I can fulfill that promise!

Anyway, the way we practice scales is that I have to do the scale in a variety of common rhythm patterns found in classical music. We use the names of various states to remember the rhythms, and I've found it more interesting than just playing the scale straight, especially when clumsy crossings fall in challenging places.

Kan-sas, Kan-sas = eighth notes (2 octaves)

Ver-mont, Ver-mont = dotted eighth notes followed by sixteenth note (2 octaves)

Flor-i-da, Flor-i-da = tripletts (3 octaves)

Mon-tan-a, Mon-tan-a = eighth note followed by two sixteenth notes (3 octaves)

Mon-tan-a Mis-sis-sip-pi, Mon-tan-a Mis-sis-sip-pi = eighth note followed by two sixteenth notes followed by four sixteenth notes (4 octaves)

Mis-sis-sip-pi, Mis-sis-sip-pi = four sixteenth notes (4 octaves)

Metronome speed 60, IIRC.

Hope that helps!