The OFFICIAL ABRSM Scales Trainer is a fun and rewarding way to learn scales and arpeggios for Piano and Violin. It is particularly valuable for students preparing for ABRSM exams at grades 1-5, and anyone wishing to focus on their piano or violin technique. It’s been uniquely developed to combat the boredom and repetitiveness students often associate with routine scales practice.

This free lite version features content for one scale at each grade, plus the full Quiz function. You may upgrade to all content for Piano and Violin Grades 1 to 5 in app.

There are five main features to help you build familiarity and confidence:
• Practice Area – for every scale and arpeggio you can view the notation or listen to example recordings played at exam tempo (or a different speed of your choosing)
• Play and Compare – record and review your own playing against example performances and monitor your progress
• Play with Band – when you need to liven up your practice session and put your scales to good use, this is a great way to make scales more musical and fun
• Practice History – see your past activity and progress on each scale and arpeggio
• Quiz –  challenge yourself with a string of requirements for the grade exam

Scales Trainer can help you:
• Build familiarity with ABRSM requirements and prepare effectively for exams
• Make practice more engaging with short, playful exercises
• Develop a musical ear and improve technique
• Appreciate the importance of scales in relation to music making

This versatile tool features a fantastic mix of interactive exercises and useful information to help you prepare for ABRSM exams. It’s a flexible tool which can be used in a variety of situations including individual practice sessions and lessons.

The app covers all scale and arpeggio requirements for ABRSM Grades 1 to 5 for Piano and Violin.

What’s New

Version 1.2.2

- Fixed audio playback bug in iOS 11

Ratings and Reviews

2.3 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

jgkgrekgfdvhj ,

Free version pretty useless

Unless you pay, all you see is a demo on C.

Rodbyes ,

Great idea but not yet good enough

I liked the idea of this app and quickly downloaded and paid for the full version.( iTunes doesn't recognise this so can't review full version!) Not sure if ABRSM will read this but here goes.
There is a fault in the function whereby it will not play example scale but keeps you in endless loop cycling choice of separate or slurred. This only breaks if you move the speed bar. Actually this fault seems to have righted itself-so maybe me.
The play with band I thought was a useful tool but I don't find it long enough; there needs to be at least another bar between playing scale and reading next instruction. Pupils aren't quick enough to play scale, recover(when it goes wrong!) and read next instruction.
The ability to record their scale attempt and compare to demo is excellent, much better than me telling them😳 This could be improved if there was option to see written scale as they record their attempt. Also if the demo had a count in they could play along with it-would help with tuning and if you could stop playback of demo so they can attempt small sections that would be very useful.
Keep having to select separate or slurred is a pain Btw.
I really look forward to an improved update. Then I will recommend to pupils. Price is a bit steep for grade 1's!

janie p ,


This app has crashed and been reinstalled several times on both apple iphone 6, and 7. When it does work, it is quite laborious. The record function wasn’t effective at helping improve. Most disappointing.

Developer Response ,

Hi Janie P,
Thanks for your comments. We’ve just released a fix to resolve the crashing so please install the update to resolve this. We hope you will continue to enjoy Scales Trainer Lite but please drop us a line at if you need help using any of the features.


The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (Publishing) Limited
556.7 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (Publishing) Limited
In-App Purchases
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