piano scales Archive

Learning the piano scales is a great form of finger exercises and should be a part of your daily regimen in your piano lessons. Of the seven major scales you’ll learn, the easiest to maneuver is the C Major Scale and we’ll discuss it today.

Piano Scales: C Major – How It Looks On The Treble Clef Staff

When you listen to how the C Major Scale sounds in the audio link below, you’ll probably think you’ve heard of it before because it’s the most common key played in music. It is much easier to learn simply because it doesn’t break its pattern when playing the white keys on the piano keyboard. All of the other major piano scales require you to play a black key, causing you to readjust your finger movements. This is not a bad thing because your goal is to play any piece of music with ease. But if your fingers are not accustom to playing on your keyboard, you might want to start with the basics.

Let’s take a look at the C Major scale in the treble clef image below:

Treble Clef Staff Lines w C Major Scale - Absorbing Piano Lessons

C Major Scale On Treble Clef

There is a specific way to play the C Major scale and as you progress with your piano lessons, you’ll learn that every piece and exercise that you play requires an understanding of finger positioning to perform it at its best. Take a look at the image below to see how to play this particular piano scale:

Treble Clef Staff Lines w C Major Scale Numbered - Absorbing Piano Lessons

C Major Scale Numbered

Piano Scales: C Major – How It Looks On The Piano Keyboard

To translate what you see in the image above, let’s view my piano below and see what keys you’ll hit and the finger positions required to hit them:

C Major Octave Numbered - Absorbing Piano Lessons

C Major Octave Numbered

Piano Scales: C Major – How Does It Sound?

I’ve provided an audio clip with me playing the C Major scale. Take a few seconds to listen to it (the audio file will open up in a new window):

C Major Scale – Absorbing Piano Lessons

Watch the following video to see how it’s played: C Major Scale on Piano.

Conclusion

The C Major scale, although easier than the other major scales, will require practice on your part in order to feel comfortable playing it. Incorporating all of the piano scales into your piano lessons, builds up the strength and agility in your fingers and overall piano play.

Were you able to play the C Major scale appropriately? Leave your experience in the comments below.

Share This Post With Your Friends

Be the first to comment