Today, I would like to tell you all about the EasyScales Visual Guides, a patent pending product by Jo Tee! Jo Tee is a creative piano teacher from Singapore.
Here is how it works:
Just place the EasyScale behind the black keys along the fall board, and then students can visually see the scale and its fingering. The blue numbers are for the RH, and the red is for the LH. The cards show two octaves instead of one — which is great because I always skip teaching one-octave scales in favor of teaching two octaves right off the bat.
The set includes 20 cards that are two-sided, for all 12 major and 12 minor scales (harmonic and melodic forms). The cards align perfectly to the piano keys.
Jo Tee also included a blank scale card in the set, which is perfect for games and activities for students to practice dictating the scale using glass gems or other markers. Here is a picture of an example activity from the EasyScales facebook page:
Below is a photo of the color-coded guide for finding the right card for each scale, which also serves as a way to store and protect the cards when they are not in use.
The whole concept of EasyScales is not only a very clever idea, but it is also very well executed! Learning scales and scale fingering is a very visual activity (at least until it enters motor memory), so it makes perfect sense to give students a visual guide. Visual guides are effective because they actually prevent mistakes until the scale becomes memorized. And it sure beats verbal correction or using a scale book. :) I am looking forward to using these with my students for many years to come!
EasyScales can be ordered from Jo Tee’s websites here. EasyScales cost 29.90 in Singapore dollars, which is approximately $25 in USD (plus shipping).
Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of the EasyScales to try out, but was not required to write a positive review. As always, my reviews contain my honest opinions!
GIVEAWAY: Jo Tee has generously offered the chance for THREE lucky winners to win a free set of EasyScales visual guides! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post before midnight EST on Thursday, October 4 with a tip or idea about teaching students their scales. :)