In order to adequately educate yourself on the piano, its recommended that you should practice scales and other things that teach you the mechanics of playing. However, there are plenty of people who look down on those exercises, seeming to think that, because they are intrinsically boring, they might not be necessary, and don’t teach you how to play the songs you want.

Having to suffer through those boring scales might make you give up playing completely. After all, scales and arpeggios are not the reason you decided to start playing the piano – instead, you want to make and play beautiful music, thrilling yourself and others with the sounds you produce from that instrument. As a result, do you really need these exercises? Might you be able to conduct your piano practices without needing to just shuffle through the mechanical exercises that are forced upon you?

It’s my opinion that there is a happy medium between completely giving up your warmup routine and having to deal with those rote exercises that can kill the energy you came into practice with. Basically, you want to find some way to tie in the scales and chords you are playing with the music that you intend to play; that way, you can make it more enjoyable for yourself. After all, the basis of those broken chord and scale mechanics are that you can understand the basics behind them, so you are not taken aback when you play the song. If you do them smartly, you can make them fun while still getting your practice in.

Try this way to help scales work out, and to see the utility of what you are doing: Start out learning some piano music that you are really interested in. If it is a bit difficult, or something that takes some work to learn, so much the better. Peruse the song carefully and pick out any scales or broken chords that apply to the song itself. If you do this, you should practice those particular ones; therefore, you have a purpose for learning them, as you want to play the song more assuredly and expertly. This way, you get your exercise in while still keeping yourself interested in what you are doing – this is the key to integrating exercises seamlessly into your practicing and your playing.

It also helps if you don’t just phone in your scales; make sure to put a little feeling and emotion into them, so that you are invested in what you are playing. As soon as you get bored with them, move on to something different.