Scales and Arpeggios

Practice makes perfect. We’ve heard that saying growing up, and it applies to everything.

Especially art.

In the music world, it is often a musician’s default setting to practice by running through a piece over and over again. But this isn’t a good way to practice.

Music is so much more than a string of notes. It’s rhythm, meter, timbre (which I still have no idea how to pronounce), and heart. And lots and lots of technique.

A well-disciplined musician will do more than run through a piece to practice. They run through scales, arpeggios, and exercises. They focus on a section that is giving them problems, and play through it different ways to help learn the notes and rhythms. Sometimes, they just tap out rhythms on their laps. It’s generally expected that musicians practice every day, sometimes for hours.

(Whether I’m actually doing that is another discussion.)

Writing is a craft just like music is. Writers, therefore, need to practice. But as musicians shouldn’t just play through a piece over and over again, writers should find practice in more than just pushing through a WIP. For instance, by writing a blog.

Every craft has it’s own set of scales and arpeggios, after all.

Image depicting a scene from “The Aristocats”, found on Disney Wiki