Another tip from the School of Martial arts. All systems of martial arts incorporate the notion of Katas. These are long drawn out dance like routines where technical data is hidden and can only be mastered by multiple repetitions. Musicians use a similar technique and we of course refer to them as, scales! Musicians master scales by breaking them up in to all kinds of patterens. For example, walking thirds- 132435465768798, and down- 867564534231291...or running thirds-- 12312342345345645675678678978. Ttry these patterns in 4ths, 5ths, 6ths, and 7ths, acending and descending. For even better scale patterens purchase the Hanon- Virtuoso Pianist.