The word scale is got from the Latin word scala which means ladder. Of cause we know the use of a ladder; climbing trees, climbing buildings while working and climbing high objects. A scale has characteristics of a ladder. As you play a note after the previous note towards your right , you will notice that the pitch gets higher, while if you play towards the left, the pitch reduces. Just like climbing up and down the ladder. It is really easy to play the scale on Key C.
For beginners, we will play the scale on Key C. I am sure you now know how to identify your keys on the piano. SO let’s get started. It is simple and we will be playing only on the white keys.
Play the scale on Key C
So we will be playing from letter C on the piano through letter C again; CDEFGABC. All will be played on the white keys.
Play the scale on Key C with these fingers
In our last class we introduced fingering to help with the movement of the fingers on the keyboard. That will be applicable and useful to play the scale on Key C . If you still haven’t gone through that then I recommend you study the last lesson, put it to practice, before proceeding.
With the same numbering of the hands both left and right Reminder : your thumb is your 1st finger, index finger is 2nd finger, middle finger is 3rd finger, ring finger is 4th finger and little finger is 5th finger.
How to play the scale on key C
We will be able to pull this through both hands, but lets go with the right first. Playing the scale from C to C means we are going to play a total of 8 notes, and we have just five finger in a hand… so, are we going to get additional 3 fingers to achieve this? This is how you borrow the extra 3 fingers from your single right hand.
Right hand (RH) : Play C with the thumb, D with the index, E with the middle finger, then F with the thumb again, G with the index, A with the middle finger, B with the ring finger and high octave C with the little finger. That’s Great.
Left hand (LH) : Same thing applies to the left hand, this time the littler finger would start at C, ring finger D, middle finger E, F with the index finger, G with the thumb, then A with the middle finger, B with the index finger,and finally C with the thumb. Well done am sure you must be proud of yourself.
Practice makes perfect, keep practicing you will get perfect. To get this perfectly, play this for about 3 weeks. Am sure that will do for a swift movement of the scale on Key C. Well if it isn’t smooth and swift, give in more time.
Don’t forget after paying the scale ascending CDEFGABC, you are expected that you play it also descending down the scale CBAGFEDC. we use the same fingers BUT in a reverse manner.
Right hand (RH) will now start with the high octave C descending : 5th finger plays C, 4th finger plays B, 3rd finger plays A and 2nd finger plays G. Then you continue with your thumb, where the thumb plays F, 3rd finger now plays E, 2nd finger plays D and 1st finger plays C. When going down the scale, the 3rd finger goes over your thumb, giving you enough fingers to finish the scale.
Left hand (LH) : 1st finger plays C, 2nd finger plays B, 3rd finger plays A, the thumb 1st finger continues on G, 2nd finger plays F 3rd finger plays E, 4th finger plays D and the little finger plays C. When going down the scale with the left hand, the 1st finger will now go under the 3rd finger, giving you enough fingers to finish the scale.
Keep Practicing you are working your way towards perfection. Your feedback is key.
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