I just wanted to write about my new favourite practice tool - drones!
I'm not talking about those (annoying) flying drones, I'm talking about a sustained chordal accompaniment. For example, a sustained organ chord.
Practising with a drone helps improve your intonation and listening skills, and many people use drones as an accompaniment for scales. I like to put on a drone, not just for scales, but also for melodic exercises such as the Moyse Tone Development Through Interpretation, or the Moyse 24 Little Melodic Studies.
There are a variety of free and paid scale accompaniments and drones available online. If you're really good with music software, you could create your own drones and scale accompaniments.
I've tried a few online, and this is my favourite one so far:
It's really easy to use, it plays a lovely, rich chord, and it's free!
Have a go and let me know what you think!