So I'm using the pentascales as a warming up/practice exercise. I try to play all of them with both hands. Eventually I want to play the hands together. My question is: should I be able to play them blindly, by heart, in other words, be able to know from memory where each note falls for every scale? That sounds like a lot to memorize.
I understand that the pentascale notes follow the pattern:
START - 1 - 1 - 1/2 - 1 - END so if I look on the keyboard I can calculate where the next note needs to fall. However if I want to play faster I won't have time to do this mental calculation for every note.
So how should I approach this problem:
- Should I memorize?
- Should I play slowly and not memorize?
- Should I not care about his exercise (is non-sense)?
How are you guys able to play a pentascale without having to think too much?
EDIT: A PENTASCALE IS MADE UP USING THE FIRST 5 NOTES OF A SCALE. It can thus be played with all 5 digits without moving out of one position.