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Make the most of ScalesAce by learning about the advanced features such as TeacherLink and how to create your own fingerings.
- This site works best in Google's Chrome Browser. Chrome keeps better time than most other browsers.
- Click 'Show all features' (top right) to show the advanced features of ScalesAce.
- TeacherLink allows students to link to their teacher's accounts and share their progress. See the separate TeacherLink help below. A detailed guide on how to use the TeacherLink feature can be found at the bottom of the TeacherLink box (visible when signed in).
- Click on a finger to hear the note.
- The green arrows on the fingerboard select the ascending (up) and descending (down) scale. Note that if the notes and fingering are the same both up and down, you will not see any change (advanced feature, see above).
- The yellow notes highlight the keynotes in the scale. These are the long notes in the long tonic rhythm pattern.
- Tempo settings are set automatically based on exam board recommendations. Change the speed using the slider or tempo box. Tempo range between 8 and 320 bpm (beats per minute).
- Change the sticker colours so they match those on your instrument in the 'Settings' menu. You can also choose to hide the stickers.
- The 'Test Me' button randomly selects scales from the list on the right. Try alternating between separate and slurred bows each time you pick a new scale.
- Click 'Scale options' to select rhythm pattern and minor scale preference. If there is a choice between harmonic, melodic or natural minor scales for your grade, only these minor scale types will then show in the list of scales.
- To save an alternative fingering as your default option for the current scale, click 'Save this fingering as your default'. If you make a ScalesAce fingering the default option, a duplicate user fingering will be created to store your option. Please note that at present, user fingerings are only stored in the browser you are currently using.
- Keyboard shortcuts all on the numeric keypad:
- Play ( Numeric Keypad 0 OR + )
- Stop ( Numeric Keypad . OR - )
- Show ascending notes ( Num Keypad 8 )
- Show descending notes ( Num Keypad 2 )
- Test Me ( Numeric Keypad 5 )
- Note - during editing, all shortcuts are disabled (except Num + and Num -) This allows the numeric keypad to be used for editing fingerings and comments.
- Create and save your own fingerings. The fingerings will be stored on the computer you create them on.
- The 'Show all features' checkbox must be selected to edit fingerings (top right). Click the edit button in the fingerings box to get started.
- If you would prefer a 2nd choice fingering to be your default choice, save it as a new fingering. Click 'Edit' then 'Save New'. The most recently saved user fingering takes priority as the default option. See 'Edit Your Own Fingerings' below for more details.
- Each note is entered with a string / finger combination eg. For violin and viola D4 would be a 4th finger on the D string but use A0 if you would prefer open A. A regular violin/viola D Major scale would be D0D1D2D3A0A1A2A3A2A1A0D3D2D1D0 but if you wanted to shift up the D string it would be D0D1D2D1D2D3D4D4D4D3D2D1D2D1D0.
- Tips will appear above the text box showing any problems with the current fingering.
- Export / Backup your own fingerings. This allows fingerings to be transfered to another browser or computer (useful for teachers to share fingerings).
- When importing fingerings from a text file, you are given a choice to either replace the fingerings currently stored in ScalesAce or add to the existing fingerings. WARNING: 'replace' will delete all the fingerings you currently have saved.
- If you plan to export fingerings from ScalesAce, please ensure the export feature works correctly with your combination of browser and operating system before putting in a lot of work. This has been tested with Chrome, Firefox and Edge on Windows.
ScalesAce is designed to complement the many resources already available for violin, viola and cello students preparing for their ABRSM and Trinity practical exams. It provides a useful reference to help confirm fingerings, finger spacings and tuning whilst students are practising on their own.