Like every good student, I dutifully (though grudgingly) practiced my scales from an early age.
Of course, once I was old enough to practice unsupervised, I happily avoided scales as often as I could get away with it. Like taking my vitamins, it was something that I knew would be good for me, but I wasn’t sure exactly why.
It wasn’t until I was in my 20′s, that the lights went on, and I discovered why I should have been practicing scales all along.
So why are scales and etudes worth our time?