Archive | July 2017

Grade II RIAM Printable Scales Flashcards




Below is a freebie, a pdf printable of Grade II RIAM (Royal Irish Academy of Music) scales flashcards. I hope it will be helpful to some of my students as they practice their technique. The scales included in the printout are:

Similar motion:

A, E, B, F, B flat and E flat major

C, G and D major (two octaves)

A, E, G and D minor

Contrary motion:

C, G, D, A and E major one octave.



1. Print the flashcards.

2. Cut them out and laminate them (or use good quality thick paper).

3. Use the flashcards during practice sessions. If there are scales you get tripped up on, particularly focus on those scales and check that your fingering is accurate (see Resources for Studying Scale Fingering for fingering info).

Resources for Studying Scale Fingering


Scales… Like them, love them, or hate them, they simply are essential for a well rounded pianist’s music study.

Below are a few printables with scale fingering:

One octave scales:

Two octave scales:

While learning 2 octave scales, remember that all of the group I scales (C, D, E, G, A) use the 4th finger only once per octave. In the right hand this is the 7th scale degree and in the left hand this is the 2nd scale degree. The main thing is to just to practice scales consistently and, if you’re taking an exam, don’t leave studying them until the very last minute. Muscle memory will prove extremely helpful when you’re under pressure in front of an examiner.