It is not nearly enough to learn music scale construction or theory!
 
Actually in a larger sense this knowledge is almost secondary to the fact. After all the real point is to be able to practically and effectively use the elements such as intervals and chords that are grouped within any scale to create music.
 
Ultimately any scale (or any music) studies must always find its way back into your ears plus be useful and applicable on your chosen instrument. A good goal would be to spend less time on music scale theory and more time actually applying them!
 

Let's break the whole scale study process down into Good, Better and Best...

Granted, the traditional musical scale study method using only a scale (and scale exercises) in notation on a staff is a good and time-tested method.

However if you are trying to analyze a scale musically for composition and improvisation it is far better and easier to see the location of both the musical notes and scale intervals as they exist directly on the instrument. Forgetting the notation for this purpose: simply allowing your fingers and ears to explore the scale's melodies, harmonies and patterns within for ideas that you enjoy and can apply to your taste.

Furthermore scale studies with the MAMI Musical Scales Atlas represents your best tool because you have the visual representation of the scale (both its notes and intervals) as well as a complete visual analysis of that scale. Modally and harmonically, all scalar options are presented on both the instrument plus in text.

Quite simply, it this allows you to spend far more time applying scales for your own compositional and improvisational purposes. This is the goal, and by using MAMI Musical Scales Atlases along with your studies it becomes much easier to do!

next: a sample music scale study and application...