Piano Scales Video Lesson  and Fingerings


Many piano scales are played with the same fingering pattern. If you are just learning scales, start with the C major scale. It uses the fingering pattern for many other scales.

C Major Scale
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Notice that the left hand and right hand are different.

Here's the main pattern:

RH: 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 (back down goes: 5 4 3 2 1 3 2 1)
LH: 5 4 3 2 1 3 2 1 (back down goes: 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5)

Here's the video lesson:


After you learn the C major scale, you should learn the G major scale. It has one sharp (a black note). Instead of playing F, you need to play the black note to the right of F - that's F#.

G Major Scale
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Here are the rest of the major scales with their fingerings. (Reverse them to go back down.)

D Major Scale
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A Major Scale
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E Major Scale
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B Major Scale
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F Major Scale
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Bb Major Scale
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Eb Major Scale
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Ab Major Scale
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Db Major Scale (also C# major scale)
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Gb Major Scale (also F# major scale)
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