How To Play a C major Scale on the Piano

  
Category: Technique

The C major scale will be one of the first scales that you will learn on the piano. It is important that you learn to play the scales using the correct fingers. Remember your finger numbers. Your thumb on each hand is number 1, and your pinky is number 5.

Right Hand:

1) Put your right hand in C position; your thumb resting on middle C, and your other fingers resting on the adjacent white keys.

2) Press C with your thumb, D with your second finger, and E with your third finger.

3) Tuck your thumb under your first and second finger, and press the F key with your thumb. Then continue by pressing G with your second finger, A with your third finger, B with your fourth finger, and finally C with your fifth finger. If you want to continue for another octave here, you could tuck your thumb under and hit C with your thumb instead of your fifth finger. Then continue like the first octave.

4) At the top of the scale, it is time to begin the descent. After pressing C with your pinky, press B with your fourth finger, A with your third finger, G with your second finger, and F with your thumb.

5) Cross your third finger over your thumb, and press E. Press D with your second finger, and C with your thumb.

6) There! You have done C major scale with your right hand

Left hand:

1) Put your left hand in C position; your pinky resting on the C below middle C, and your other finger resting on adjacent white keys.

2) Press C with your pinky, D with your fourth finger, E with your third finger, F with your second finger, and G with your thumb.

3) Bring your third finger over G and press A. Then press B with your second finger, and C with your thumb. Again, if you wish to continue up another octave, you could bring your fourth finger over your thumb and press D, continuing the scale up.

4) For the descent after you hit C with your thumb, press B with your second finger and A with your third finger.

5) Bring your thumb under your third finger and press G with your thumb, F with your second finger, E with your third finger, D with your fourth finger, and C with your pinky.

Sorry for this dry post, but it must done.. Hopefully my next post will be more exciting. I will be sure to include mythological creatures.

Posted on December 27th, 2012 by sharlene

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