- This site works best in Google's Chrome Browser. Chrome keeps better time than most browsers.
- 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, there will be no change.
- The yellow notes highlight the keynotes in the scale. They are the same as the long notes in the long tonic scales.
- Tempo settings are automatically set for ABRSM exam scales. 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. (See 'Settings' menu)
- The 'Test Me' button randomly selects scales from the list on the right.
- If there is a choice between harmonic, melodic or natural scales for your grade, select your choice in the 'Settings' menu, then only these will show in the list of scales.
- 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.
- 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.
Edit Your Own Fingerings
ScalesAce is designed to complement the many resources already available for violin, viola and cello students preparing for their ABRSM practical exams. It provides a useful reference to help confirm fingerings, finger spacings and tuning whilst students are practising on their own.