ABRSM Grade 5 - Practise Scales
Get books for learning scales for the piano grade 5 exam.
"The scales should be known so well that the student's fingers will fly to the right fingering of any part of any scale instinctively. The trouble with many students is that they attempt difficult problems in what might be termed musical calculus or musical trigonometry without even ever mastering the multiplication table. Scales are musical multiplication tables. … Most pupils look upon scales as a kind of musical gymnasium for developing the muscles. They do that, of course, and there are few technical exercises that are as good; but their great practical value is for training the hand in fingering so that the best fingering in any key becomes automatic. In this way they save an enormous amount of time in later years. They also greatly facilitate sight reading, because the hand seems to lean instinctively to the most logical fingering, to elect without thinking. The study of harmony is also a great time saver in piano playing. Know the chords and know the fingering of all the arpeggios, which is really logical fingering of most of the common chords. Don't pay a teacher a high fee later in your musical life to have him point out something that you should have learned in the musical primary class."
Joseph Lhevinne in Basic Principles of Pianoforte Playing