While studying at the Secondary School of Music, I often heard the phrase spoken by my Professor Irena Rolanowska:
"There is no day without Chopin Etude"
The same is true for scales and passages. Every day we should start with scales and passages. This is essential for the proper development of our pianistic technique, like warm-up for an athlete. Many elements worked out on the scales and passages can then be applied to a particular repertoire.
Thanks to the daily exercise of scales and passages, we know and improve:
- basic elements of pianistic technique (principles of correct fingering, ability to correctly thumb up),
- technical proficiency and rhythmic and tonal equalization in figuracies,
- ability to create dynamic and hear the different colors of keyboard registers and music keys,
- the ability to build a harmonic triad and develop harmonic awareness, allowing self-harmony in simple melodies.