Snowball Scales opens the Technique & Artistry 2018 calendar. What do scales and snowballs have in common? Let’s find out! This rolling scale exercise from Level 2B applies the essential Technique Secret #3, Light Thumb. Dr. Faber demonstrates how to align the thumb behind each finger for tension-free preparation. The snowball scale rolls smoothly—no bumps to impede a smooth scale swoosh! Notice how the opening drop of arm weight energizes the scale gesture. Think, “Drop, roll, float-off.” Let’s try it on the 3A Lesson Book piece, Looking Glass River. Nice! Now on Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Wow—the ultimate snowball scale!