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3 Steps to Play Any Major Piano Scale

Use these 3 Steps to Play Any Major Piano Scale quickly and easily to play any of the twelve major scales in both sharps and flat by just learning the key information explained in detail on this page.3 Steps to Play Any Major Piano Scale

#1 Easy Step Begin and End on Same Note

With each major scale you will begin and end on the same note for each scale

Examples: The notes in the C scale are:   C   d   e   f   g   a   b   C

The notes in the B flat scale are:  Bb   c   d   Eb   f   g   a   Bb

Whole Steps and Half Steps in Piano Music Scales

#2 Easy Step  Whole Steps and Half Steps

3 Steps to Play Any Major Piano Scale

Use the same sequence of whole steps and half steps, or note distances, in any major scale:

Major Scale Whole Step and Half Step Formula Used in All Major Scales

C Scale Example:  C D E F G A B C

  Whole step between C and D,  Whole step between D and E,  Half step between E and F

Whole step between F and G, Whole step between G and A,  Whole step between A and B

  Half step between B and C.


Tetrachords in Piano Scales

Tetrachords in Piano Scales are explained in this third step below.

To quickly and easily play the C Major scale do this:  Play only 4 notes with each hand, called a tetrachord scale,  to play any major scale in a flash!

Tip:  To play the First Tetrachord, place your left hand 5th finger on middle C using fingers 5, 4, 3 and 2 to play C, D, E and F.

   To play the Second Tetrachord,  place your right hand 2nd finger on D using fingers 2, 3, 4 and 5 to play G, A, B and C.

Piano Scale Links

G Major Scale and Arpeggio

D Major Scale and Arpeggio

F Major Scale and Arpeggio



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