It is important to know the most important C Major, G Major, F Major hand positions on piano. Each hand position is illustrated at the bottom of this post.

C Major, G Major, F Major Hand Positions on Piano

Each of these 3 hand position on piano use the same fingering.  The right hand thumb and the left hand 5th finger are always placed on the name of the hand position.

For example, the C Major hand position places those fingers on C.  The G major hand position places those fingers on G and so on.

C Major Hand Position on Piano

The C Major hand position on piano is the #1 most common hand position of all hand positions on the piano keyboard.

C Major Hand Position on Piano
C Major Hand Position on Piano

The right hand thumb is located on the Middle C of your piano or keyboard.  The left hand 5th finger is resting on Bass C or the first C located one octave below Middle C.

This is also the same position you would use to  play a C Major scale or five finger pattern.

To access the free sheet music and video tutorial of a very simple C position piece of music C D E Waltz click here

G Major Hand Position on Piano

The next most common hand position is the G Major hand position on piano.

G Major Hand Position Piano
G Major Hand Position Piano

Just like the C Major Position the thumb of the right hand and the 5th finger of the left hand are located on the Tonic of first note of that position which is G.  The note names covered by the G Major Hand Position or G, A, B, C and D and all are white keys.

If you were playing a G Major scale or 5 finger pattern this would be the correct hand position to begin with.  For more information on the treble and bass clef note names please access the free Music Flash Cards here to either learn or review these very important letter names on the treble and bass clef.

F Major Hand Position on Piano

The third and final most common hand position on the piano keyboard is the F Major Hand Position on Piano.

f major hand position piano
F Major Hand Position Piano

Learn Amazing Grace Piano Tutorial in the F Position with this simple sheet music and tutorial.

This hand position is different from the C Major and G Major hand positions because it includes using B flat.  The five notes included in this hand position are F, G , A , B flat and C.  The B flat is used because B flat is included within the key signature of the F Major scale.

C Major, G Major, F Major Hand Positions on Piano

Now that you are well acquainted with the 3 major hand positions you will need to exercise your fingers with these bass clef and treble clef piano finger exercises.

This is necessary in order to develop finger flexibility and agility in both hands and also to have the experience of playing both right and left hands together reading both bass clef and treble clef at the same time.

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C Major, G Major, F Major Hand Positions on Piano

5 Short Easy Piano Finger Exercises

Jan Durrant

Jan Durrant is a Piano teacher and music publisher with a Master's Degree in Music Education. Her goal is teaching beginner piano students around the world to learn how to read music, play piano, piano finger exercises and simplified sheet music of their favorite titles.

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