Play all major scales by ear - no notation required!

Learn how to play and master all piano major scales
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

Learn 12 piano major scales in your own time and at your own pace.

This is a piano course with 60 lectures and over 3hrs video tutorial content designed to be very interactive. These piano tutorials teach students exactly how to learn, practice and perform scales at the peak by focusing on the 12 major piano scales.


This piano fundamental course is perfect for beginner and intermediate students. The course highlights both basic piano techniques and the right attitude needed to become exceptional in future music goals.

Learn with professional pianist that have extensive experience as piano teacher teaching this course.
The major teaching strategies of this course is clarity and simplicity. After being taught in practical baby steps, there would be hardly any doubts or questions left.

This course is structured into 5 key learning stages for each major scale designed to make piano learning truly amazing.

The first step: explains how the scale is made, explains also the location of sharps and flats, tone and semitone patterns.

The second step: focuses entirely on the right hand, finger patterns, and practice strategies.

The third step: focuses only on the Left hand, involves guidance, in-depth teaching on how to apply the correct fingers, and how to memorize patterns.

The fourth step: focuses on both hands, explaining how to overcome the challenge of coordinating both hands and using correct fingers simultaneously. This step teaches students how to play scale with more security and awareness. It highlights the importance of preparation technique before the performance. It also guides students on how to perform a scale musical with clear direction and phrasing.

The fifth step: encourages creativity in students and improvises on the scale learned. Students will be walked through very simple techniques to start improvisation.

All these 5 key ingredients have been thoughtfully packaged as they are the essential tools to master piano major scales.

Course Duration and Benefits:

This 6 months duration course does not teach the students magic shortcuts or short and effortless results. It instead grooms active and responding learners who are willing to spend as much time needed to master one step at a time till they are fluent and absolutely confident in it before moving to the next step.

We believe that the key to mastery is a sequence of many repetitions that involves making progress with each repetition which has been inculcated at the core of this course.


What are the requirements?

  • An access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone An access to a piano or keyboard Time for consistent practice No prior knowledge about piano major scales needed

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play any major scale Locate sharps and the flats Identify tones and semitones Apply correct finger patterns Master scale practice routines Play scales both hands Prepare for piano exam Comprehend basic keyboard theory Develop basic piano technique Improvise in any major key

What is the target audience?

  • This course is created for both children and adult piano beginners For students who are preparing for piano exams and need extra support and practice help For students who want to learn piano basics For students who are restarting piano lessons For music producers and songwriters who want to understand basic piano theory This course isn’t designed for advanced piano players

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
01:19

Warm welcome to Piano Major Scale Course:

In this course you will learn all 12 Major Scales, Finger patterns, correct notes and much more!

Section 2: How to Practice and Master C Major Scale
02:26

Let’s discover C major scale!

C major scale hasn’t got any sharps or flats in the key signature

Notes used in C major scale:C -D - E - F - G - A - B - C

There are two places where semitones are located in C major scale

between ¾ notes ( E - F ) and between ⅞ notes (B - C )

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in C major

C - D ( 1-2 note) = tone

D - E (2 - 3 note) = tone

E- F (3 -4 note ) = semitone

F -G (4 - 5 note ) = tone

G - A (5 -6 note ) = tone

A - B (6 - 7 note ) = tone

B - C (7 - 8 note ) semitone

04:37

Right hand fingers used in the C major scale for 2 octaves ( the same fingers can be applied for 3 and 4 octaves)

123- 1234- 123 - 1234 - 5

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your 3rd finger is on E note

Check if your 4th finger plays B note

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising!

Do your practice in a small baby steps.

Practice your patterns at a slow pace.

Practice Example:

Ascend and descend using few notes at the beginning then join more notes each time.

Start with Fingers 123 ( 3 times) ascend and descend

Fingers 1231234 ( 3 times) ascend and descend

Fingers 1231234123 ( 3 times) ascend and descend

Fingers 12312341231234 5 ( 3 times) ascend and descend

1 question

Where is the 4th finger located in your Right Hand?

03:48

C major scale - Left hand finger patterns for 2 octaves ( the same fingers can be applied for 3 and 4 octaves).

Fingers Used: 54321-321 - 4321 - 321

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your 3rd finger plays E note.

Double check if your 4th finger plays D note.

How to learn C major piano scale without thinking about fingers and notes anymore?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Sing finger numbers out loud

Sing note names out loud

Practice Example:

Start with Fingers 54321 (ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 54321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 543213214321321 (ascend and descend 3 times)

03:54

Where shall you start?

Place your hands on the starting note ( C ) and use correct fingers to start with

Right hand starts with the 1st finger on C key

Left Hand starts with the 5th finger on C key

How can you check if you are using correct fingers when playing both hands?

Both hands uses 3rd fingers and 1st fingers on the same notes simultaneously , create stops while practising to be able to observe your fingers better.

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on E notes

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on A notes

L.H and R.H uses 1st fingers on C notes ( middle of the scale)

Where are your 4th fingers should be located in C major piano scale?

R.H places 4th finger on B note

L.H places 4th finger on D note

Once you reached enough fluency do not forget to shape and phrase your scale

02:19

Improvise on C major scale notes

How shall I start piano improvisation in C major key?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Listen to the backtrack and maintain a steady beat

Suggested notes to start your tune in C major key:

3 notes up and down C- D - E

5 notes up and down C- D - E - F - G

Skips up and down C - E - G

Section 3: How to Practice and Master D Major Scale
02:28

Did you know?

Those songs are written in D major key:

U2 - With or Without You

Avicii - Wake Me Up

The Eagles - Hotel California


D majors Key Signature has 2 sharps :F# - C#

Notes used in D major scale: D - E - F# - G - A - B - C# - D

There are two places where semitones are located in D major scale

between ¾ notes ( F# - G ) and between ⅞ notes (C# - D )

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in D major

D - E ( 1-2 note) = tone

E - F# (2 - 3 note) = tone

F# - G (3 -4 note ) = semitone

G - A (4 - 5 note ) = tone

A - B (5 -6 note ) = tone

B - C# (6 - 7 note ) = tone

C# - D (7 - 8 note ) semitone

1 question

Do you know your sharps and flats?

04:17

Right hand finger patterns in the D major scale for 2 octaves ( the same fingers can be applied for 3 and 4 octaves)

123- 1234- 123 - 1234 - 5

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your 3rd finger is on F# note

Check if your 4th finger plays C# key

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising!

Do your practice in a small baby steps.

Practice at a slow speed

Practice Example:

Ascend and descend using few notes at the beginning then join in more notes each time.

Start with Fingers 123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 1231234 (ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 1231234123 (ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 12312341231234 5 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

03:55

D major scale left hand finger patterns for 2 octaves ( the same fingers can be applied for 3 and 4 octaves).

Fingers Used: 54321-321 - 4321 - 321

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your 3rd finger is located on F# note.

Double check if your 4th finger plays E key.

How to learn D major piano scale without thinking about fingers and notes anymore?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Call finger numbers out loud each time when practicing


Practice Example:

Start with Fingers 54321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 54321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 543213214321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

03:45

Where shall you start?

Place your hands on the starting note ( D ) and use correct fingers to start with

Right hand starts with the 1st finger on D key

Left Hand starts with the 5th finger on D key

How can you check if you are using correct fingers when playing both hands?

Both hands uses 3rd fingers and 1st fingers on the same notes simultaneously, create stops while practising to be able to observe your fingers better.

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on F# note

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on B note

L.H and R.H uses 1st fingers on D note ( middle of the scale)

Where are your 4th fingers should be located in D major piano scale?

R.H uses the 4th finger on C# note

L.H uses the 4th finger on E note

Once you reached enough fluency do not forget to shape and phrase your scale

02:05

Improvise on D major scale notes

Where shall you start?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Maintain a steady beat

Suggested notes for improvisation in D major key:

3 notes up and down D- E - F#

5 notes up and down D- E - F# - G - A

Skips up and down D - F# - A

Section 4: How to Practice and Master E Major Scale
02:25

Did you know that:

Sergei Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto is written in E major key

Chopin's first Piano Concerto starts in e minor, but the last two movements are in E Major.

Beethoven two piano sonatas, Op. 14/1 and Op. 109 written in E major key.

Great modern hits are written in E major key:

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge

Pixies - Where Is My Mind?

Taylor Swift - Mean

E Majors Key signature has 4 sharps :F# - C#- G# - D#

Notes used in E major scale: E - F# - G# - A -B - C# - D# - E

There are two places where semitones are located in E major scale

between ¾ notes ( G# - A ) and between ⅞ notes (D# - E )

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in E major

E - F# ( 1-2 note) = tone

F# - G# (2 - 3 note) = tone

G# - A (3 -4 note ) = semitone

A -B (4 - 5 note ) = tone

B - C# (5 -6 note ) = tone

C# - D# (6 - 7 note ) = tone

D# - E (7 - 8 note ) semitone




04:10

Right hand finger patterns in the E major scale for 2 octaves ( the same fingers can be applied for 3 and 4 octaves)

123- 1234- 123 - 1234 - 5

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your fingers 23 are located on 3 black keys

Watch if your fingers 34 are located on the 2 black keys

Also check if your 4th finger plays D# key.

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising!

Do your practice in a small baby steps.

Practice Examples:

Ascend and descend using few notes at the beginning then join in more notes each time.

Start with Fingers 123 ( Ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 1231234 (Ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 1231234123 ( 3 times)

Fingers 12312341231234 5 ( Ascend and descend 3 times)

04:12

Left hand fingers for E major scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2.3 and 4 octaves.

Fingers Used: 54321-321 - 4321 - 321

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your fingers 43 are located on 3 black keys

Watch if your fingers 32 are located on 2 black keys

Also double check if your 4th finger plays F# key.

How to learn E major piano scale without thinking about fingers and notes anymore?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Always practice slowly at first

Practice Suggestions:

Start with Fingers 54321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 54321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 543213214321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

1 question

Where is the 4th finger located in the Left Hand?

03:43

Where shall you start?

Place your hands on the starting note ( E ) and use correct fingers to start with

Right hand starts with the 1st finger on E key

Left Hand starts with the 5th finger on E key

How can you check if you are using correct fingers when playing both hands?

Both hands uses 3rd fingers and 1st fingers on the same notes simultaneously, create stops when practising to be able to observe your fingers better.

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on G# note

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on C# note

L.H and R.H uses 1st fingers on E note ( middle of the scale)

Where are your 4th fingers located in E major piano scale?

R.H uses 4th finger on D# note

L.H uses 4th finger on F# note

Remember to shape and phrase your scale when it is fluent.

02:32

Improvise on E major scale notes

How should you start to improvise in E major key?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Follow the right hands chords in the backtrack and maintain the speed

Suggested notes for your tune in E major key:

3 notes up and down E - F# - G #

5 notes up and down E - F# - G # - A - B

Skips up and down E - G # - B

Section 5: How to Practice and Master F Major Scale
02:29

Did you know that:

Those classical works are written in F major key

Dmitri Shostakovich - Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

Johann Sebastian Bach - Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971

George Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F

Pop hits:

The Beatles - Yesterday

Muse - Uprising

Coldplay - Paradise

F majors Key signature has 1 Flat ( Bb)

Notes used in F major scale:F - G - A - Bb - C- D - E - F

There are two places where semitones are located in F major scale

between ¾ notes ( A - Bb ) and between ⅞ notes (E - F )

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in F major

F - G ( 1-2 note) = tone

G - A (2 - 3 note) = tone

A - Bb (3 -4 note ) = semitone

Bb - C (4 - 5 note ) = tone

C- D (5 -6 note ) = tone

D - E (6 - 7 note ) = tone

E - F (7 - 8 note ) semitone


03:10

Right hand finger patterns in the F major scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2 ,3 and 4 octaves

Note that finger patterns are a bit different in F major scale, scale finishes on 4th finger

1234- 123- 1234 - 1234

How to memorise fingers better?

Check if your 4th finger plays Bb note

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising!

Do your practice in a small baby steps.

Practice Suggestions:

Ascend and descend using few notes at the start then join in more notes each time.

Start with Fingers 1234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 1234123 (ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 12341231234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 123412312341234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

What are the Right Hand finger patterns?
1 question
03:52

Left hand finger patterns for F major scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2,3 and 4 octaves).

Fingers Used: 54321-321 - 4321 - 321

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your 3rd finger is located on A note.

Double check if your 4th finger plays G note.

Call fingers out loud when practicing.

How to learn F major piano scale without thinking about fingers and notes anymore?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Think ahead and practice slowly.

Practice suggestions:

Start with Fingers 54321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 54321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 543213214321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

03:18

Where shall you start?

Place both hands on the starting note ( F ) and use correct fingers to start with

Right hand starts with the 1st finger on the F key

Left Hand starts with the 5th finger ont he F key

How can you check if you are using correct fingers when playing both hands?

Both hands uses 1st fingers on the same notes at the same time, create stops while practising to be able to observe your fingers better.

L.H and R.H uses 1st fingers on C note

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on F note ( middle of the scale)

Where your 4th fingers should be located in F major piano scale?

R.H places 4th finger on Bb note

L.H places 4th finger on G note

Remember to shape and phrase your scale when it is fluent.

02:16

Improvise on F major scale notes

How shall you start improvising in F major key?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Use 5 finger scale at first to warm up

Suggested notes to start an improvisation in F major key:

3 notes up and down F- G - A

5 notes up and down F- G - A - Bb - C

Skips up and down F - A - C

Section 6: How to Practice and Master G Major Scale
02:09

Did you know that:

Several classical works and pop hits are written in G major key:

Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik ( Little night music)

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Metallica - Nothing Else Matters

Sting - Shape of My Heart

G majors Key signature has 1 sharp :F#

Notes used in G major scale: G - A - B - C -D - E - F# - G

There are two places where semitones are located in G major scale

between ¾ notes ( B - C ) and between ⅞ notes (F# - G )

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in G major

G - A ( 1-2 note) = tone

A - B (2 - 3 note) = tone

B - C (3 -4 note ) = semitone

C -D (4 - 5 note ) = tone

D - E (5 -6 note ) = tone

E - F# (6 - 7 note ) = tone

F# - G (7 - 8 note ) semitone

03:19

Right hand fingers used in G major scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2,3 and 4 octaves)

123- 1234- 123 - 1234 - 5

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your 3rd finger plays B note

Check if your 4th finger plays F# note

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising!

Do your practice in a small baby steps.

Practice slowly and consistently

Practice Suggestions:

Ascend and descend using few note patterns at the beginning then join in to longer patterns.

Start with Fingers 123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 1231234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 1231234123 (ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 12312341231234 5 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

04:06

Left hand fingers for G major scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2, 3 , 4 octaves and more if needed

Fingers Used: 54321-321 - 4321 - 321

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your 3rd finger is located on B note.

Double check if your 4th finger plays A key.

How to learn G major piano scale without thinking about fingers and notes anymore?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Practice slowly and take your time

Focus on one task at a time

Practice Suggestions:

Start with Fingers 54321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 54321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 543213214321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

03:10

Where shall you start?

Place your hands on the starting notes ( G )

Right hand starts with the 1st finger on G key

Left Hand starts with the 5th finger on G key

How can you check if you are using correct fingers when playing both hands?

Both hands uses 3rd fingers and 1st fingers on the same notes, create stops while practising to be able to observe your fingers better.

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on B note

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on E note

L.H and R.H uses 1st fingers on G note ( middle of the scale)

Where are your 4th fingers located in G major piano scale?

R.H places 4th finger on F# note

L.H places 4th finger on Anote

Once you reached enough fluency do not forget to shape and phrase your scale

Where should the 1st finger be located?
1 question
02:25

Improvise on G major scale notes

How to start improvising in G key?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Use 5 finger G scale at first.

Suggested notes in G major key:

3 notes up and down G- A - B

5 notes up and down G- A - B - C- D

Skips up and down G - B - D

Section 7: How to Practice and Master A Major Scale
02:19

Did you know that:

Franz Schubert's wrote Piano Quintet known as the Trout Quintet in A Major key

Antonín Dvořák used A major key for Piano Quintet No. 2

A major key is described as “ the fullest sounding key for the violin”

Great modern hits written in A major key:

Adele - Someone Like You

Bastille - Pompeii

Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars

A majors Key signature has 3 sharps :F# - C#- G#

Notes used in A major scale: A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G# - A

There are two places where semitones are located in A major scale

between ¾ notes ( C# - D ) and between ⅞ notes (G# - A )

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in A major

A -B ( 1-2 note) = tone

B - C# (2 - 3 note) = tone

C# - D (3 -4 note ) = semitone

D - E (4 - 5 note ) = tone

E - F# (5 -6 note ) = tone

F# - G# (6 - 7 note ) = tone

G# - A (7 - 8 note ) semitone

Can you name the notes used in the scale of A major?
1 question
03:22

Right hand fingers in the A major scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2, 3 and 4 octaves

123- 1234- 123 - 1234 - 5

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your 3rd finger is on C# note

Check if your 4th finger plays G# key

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising!

Do your practice in a small baby steps.

Implement repetition routine

Practice Examples:

Ascend and descend using few notes at the beginning then join in more notes each time.

Start with Fingers 123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 1231234 (ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 1231234123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 12312341231234 5 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

03:57

A major scale Left hand finger patterns

Those patterns could be used for 2 , 3 and 4 octaves

Fingers Used: 54321-321 - 4321 - 321

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your 3rd finger is located on C# note.

Double check if your 4th finger plays B key.

How to learn A major piano scale without thinking about fingers and notes anymore?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Practice Example:

Start with Fingers 54321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 54321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 543213214321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

04:33

Where shall you start?

Place your hands on the starting note ( A )

Right hand starts with the 1st finger on A key

Left Hand starts with the 5th finger on A key

How can you check if you are using correct fingers when playing both hands?

Both hands uses 3rd fingers and 1st fingers on the same notes, create stops while practising to be able to observe your fingers better.

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on C# note

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on F# note

L.H and R.H uses 1st fingers on A note ( middle of the scale)

Where should your 4th fingers be located in A major piano scale?

R.H uses 4th finger on G# note

L.H uses 4th finger on B note

Once you reached enough fluency do not forget to shape and phrase your scale.

02:15

Improvise on A scale major notes

How to start improvising in A major key?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Stick with 5 finger position at first

Suggested notes for improvising in A major key:

3 notes up and down A - B - C#

5 notes up and down A - B - C# - D - E

Skips up and down A - C# - E

Section 8: How to Practice and Master B Major Scale
02:23

Did you know that:

Frédéric Chopin regarded B major scale as the easiest of all to play as fingers naturally lays on the black keys

Johannes Brahms written Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 8 in B major key

Ludwig van Beethoven wrote piano sonatas no 12 Op. 26 and Op. 110 in B major key

Some great pop hits are written in B major key:

Lady Gaga - Poker Face

Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song

Imagine Dragons - Radioactive


B majors Key signature has 5 sharps :F# - C#- G# - D# - A#

Notes used in B major scale: B - C# - D# - E - F# - G# - A#- B

There are two places where semitones are located in B major scale

between ¾ notes ( D# - E ) and between ⅞ notes (A#- B)

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in B major

B - C# ( 1-2 note) = tone

C# - D# (2 - 3 note) = tone

D# - E (3 -4 note ) = semitone

E - F# (4 - 5 note ) = tone

F# - G# (5 -6 note ) = tone

G# - A# (6 - 7 note ) = tone

A#- B (7 - 8 note ) semitone

03:21

B major scale Right hand finger patterns

The same fingers can be applied for 2, 3 and 4 octaves

123- 1234- 123 - 1234 - 5

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your fingers 23 are located on 2 black keys

Watch if your fingers 234 are located on the 3 black keys

Also check if your 4th finger plays A# key.

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising!

Do your practice in a small baby steps.

Practice at a slow pace

Practice suggestions:

Ascend and descend using few notes at the beginning then join in more notes each time.

Start with Fingers 123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 1231234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 1231234123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 12312341231234 5 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

04:01

Fingers Used in the left hand : 4321-4321 - 321 - 4321

The same fingers can be applied for 2, 3 and 4 octaves

Note that Left hand starts on the 4th finger

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your fingers 32 are located on 2 black keys

Watch if your fingers 432 are located on 3 black keys

Also double check if your 4th finger plays F# key.

How to learn B major piano scale without thinking about fingers and notes anymore?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Practice Example:

Start with Fingers 4321 (ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 43214321 (ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 43214321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 432143213214321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

03:18

Where shall you start?

Place your hands on the starting note ( B )

Right hand starts with the 1st finger on B key

Left Hand starts with the 4th finger on B key

How can you check if you are using correct fingers when playing both hands?

Both hands uses 1st fingers on the same notes, create stops while practising to be able to observe your fingers better.

L.H and R.H uses 1st fingers on E note

L.H and R.H uses 1st fingers on B note ( middle of the scale)

Where are your 4th fingers located in B major piano scale?

R.H uses 4th finger on A# note

L.H uses 4th finger on F# note

Once you reached enough fluency do not forget to shape and phrase your scale

What are the finger patterns used in the Left Hand?
1 question
02:09

Improvise on B major scale notes

How to start improvising in B major key?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Use 5 finger B scale at first

Suggested notes to start improvising in B major key:

3 notes up and down B - C# - D#

5 notes up and down B - C# - D# - E - F#

Skips up and down B - D# - F#

Section 9: How to Practice and Master Bb Major Scale
02:37

Did you know that?

Bb major key was used in

J. Brahms- Piano Concerto No. 2

L.van Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 2

J. Brahms -Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel for piano

Some great pop hits are written in Bb major key:

Katy Perry - Roar

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

Prince - Purple Rain


Bb majors Key signature has 2 flats :Bb - Eb

Notes used in Bb major scale: Bb - C - D - Eb - F - G - A- Bb

There are two places where semitones are located in Bb major scale

between ¾ notes ( D - Eb) and between ⅞ notes ( A- Bb)

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in Bb major scale

Bb - C ( 1-2 note) = tone

C - D (2 - 3 note) = tone

D - Eb (3 -4 note ) = semitone

Eb - F (4 - 5 note ) = tone

F - G (5 -6 note ) = tone

G - A (6 - 7 note ) = tone

A- Bb (7 - 8 note ) semitone

03:33

Right hand finger patterns for the Bb scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2,3 and 4 octaves

2- 123- 1234 - 123 - 1234

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your 3rd finger is located on Eb note

Also check if your 4th finger plays Bb note

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising!

Do your practice in a small baby steps and at a slow speed.

Practice suggestions:

Ascend and descend using few notes at the beginning then join in more notes each time.

Start with Fingers 2123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 21231234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 21231234123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 212312341231234( ascend and descend 3 times)

03:54

Left hand fingers for Bb major scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2, 3 and 4 octaves

Fingers Used: 321- 4321- 321 - 4321- 2

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your 3rd finger plays Bb note

Also double check if your 4th finger plays Eb key.

How to learn scale fluently?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Practice scale at a slow pace

Practice Suggestions:

Start with Fingers 321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 3214321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 3214321321 (ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 32143213214321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 321432132143212 ( 3 times)
03:14

Where shall you start?

Place your hands on the starting note ( Bb)

Right hand starts with the 2nd finger on Bb key

Left Hand starts with the 3rd finger on Bb key

How can you maintain correct fingers when playing both hands?

Create stops on every flat used in the scale, therefore you will be able to observe if you are using correct fingers.

Stop on the Eb notes: Check if L.H uses 4th finger - R.H uses 3rd finger

Stop on the Bb notes: Check if L.H uses 3rd finger - R.H uses 4th finger

Where should your 4th finger be located in Bb major piano scale?

R.H uses 4th finger on Bb note

L.H uses 4th finger on Eb note

Once you reached enough fluency shape and phrase your scale.

What are the starting fingers in the scale of Bb major?
1 question
02:30

Improvise on Bb major notes

How to start improvising in Bb major key?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Improvise within 5 finger position at first

Suggested notes for improvisation:

3 notes up and down Bb - C - D

5 notes up and down Bb - C -D - Eb - F

Skips up and down Bb - D - F

Section 10: How to Practice and Master Eb Major Scale
02:21

Did you know that :

Eb major key was used in :

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Op. 73 "Emperor"

Frédéric Chopin - Grande valse brillante, Op. 18

Franz Liszt - Piano Concerto No. 1, S.124

Some great pop hits:

David Guetta - Titanium

Adele - Skyfall (2012)

Christina Aguilera - Beautiful


Eb majors Key signature has 3 flats :Bb - Eb - Ab

Notes used in Ab major scale: Eb - F - G - Ab - Bb - C - D - Eb

There are two places where semitones are located in Eb major scale

between ¾ notes ( G - Ab ) and between ⅞ notes ( D - Eb)

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in Eb major

Eb - F ( 1-2 note) = tone

F - G (2 - 3 note) = tone

G - Ab (3 -4 note ) = semitone

Ab - Bb (4 - 5 note ) = tone

Bb - C (5 -6 note ) = tone

C - D (6 - 7 note ) = tone

D - Eb (7 - 8 note ) semitone

What are the notes used in the scale of Eb major scale?
1 question
03:15

Here are the Right hand fingers used in the Eb scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2, 3 and 4 octaves

2- 1234- 123 - 1234 - 123

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your fingers 234 are located on 3 black keys

Also check if your 4th finger plays Bb key.

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising

Do your practice in a small baby steps

Practice slowly

Think ahead

Practice Example:

Ascend and descend using few notes at the beginning then join in more notes each time.

Start with Fingers 21234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 21234123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 212341231234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 212341231234123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

03:57

Left hand fingers for Eb major scale

The same finger patterns can be applied for 2 ,3 and 4 octaves

Fingers Used: 321- 4321- 321 - 4321- 2

How to memorise fingers better?

Double check if your 4th finger plays Ab key.

How to learn scale without thinking about fingers and notes anymore?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Practice at a slow pace

Practice Suggestions:

Start with Fingers 321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 3214321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 3214321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 32143213214321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 321432132143212 (ascend and descend 3 times)

03:24

How to start joining hands together?

Place your hands on the starting note ( Eb)

Right hand starts with the 2nd finger on Eb key

Left Hand starts with the 3rd finger on Eb key

How can you monitor correct fingers when playing both hands?

Both hands should play 3rd fingers on Eb notes ( make a short stop and observe the fingers)

Create stops on the 4th fingers, therefore you will have chance to keep track of your fingers.

R.H uses 4th finger on Bb note

L.H uses 4th finger on Ab note

Once you reached enough fluency in playing Eb major scale do not forget to shape and phrase your scale.

02:31

How to start improvising in Eb key?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Use 5 finger patterns in Eb major at first

Suggested notes in Eb major key to start with:

3 notes up and down Eb - F - G

5 notes up and down Eb - F - G - Ab - Bb

Skips up and down Eb - G - Bb



Section 11: How to Practice and Master Ab Major Scale
02:28

Did you know that:

Domenico Scarlatti wrote keyboard sonatas K. 127 and K. 130 in Ab major key

Joseph Haydn piano sonatas Hob XVI 43 and 46

Ludwig van Beethoven piano sonatas no 12 Op. 26 and Op. 110

Some great pop hits:

Coldplay - Clocks

Katy Perry - Firework

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit


Ab majors key signature has 4 flats :Bb - Eb - Ab - Db

Notes used in Ab major scale: Ab - Bb - C - Db - Eb - F - G - Ab

There are two places where semitones are located in Ab major scale

between ¾ notes ( C - Db) and between ⅞ notes ( G - Ab)

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in Ab major

Ab - Bb ( 1-2 note) = tone

Bb - C (2 - 3 note) = tone

C - Db (3 -4 note ) = semitone

Db - Eb (4 - 5 note ) = tone

Eb - F (5 -6 note ) = tone

F - G (6 - 7 note ) = tone

G - Ab (7 - 8 note ) semitone




What are the notes used in the scale of Ab major?
1 question
03:24

Right hand fingers used in the Ab scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2, 3 and 4 octaves

23- 123- 1234 - 123 - 123

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your fingers 23 are located on 2 black keys

Watch if your fingers 234 are located on the 3 black keys

Also check if your 4th finger plays Bb key.

Note that 4th finger wasn’t used in the first octave.

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising

Do your practice in a small baby steps

Break down your practice in patterns

Practice Example:

Ascend and descend using few notes at the beginning then join in more notes each time.

Start with Fingers 23 (ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 23123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 231231234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 231231234123( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 231231234123123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

04:04

Left hand fingers patterns for Ab major scale

The same finger patterns can be applied for 2, 3 and 4 octaves

Fingers Used: 321- 4321- 321 - 4321- 2

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your fingers 34 are located on 2 black keys

Also double check if your 4th finger plays Db key.

How to master the scale without thinking about fingers and notes anymore?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Practice at a slow pace

Call finger numbers out loud

Practice Examples:

Start with fingers 321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 3214321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 3214321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 32143213214321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 321432132143212 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

03:43

Where shall you start?

Place your hands on the starting notes ( Ab)

Right hand starts with the 2nd finger on Ab key

Left Hand starts with the 3rd finger on Ab key

How can you monitor correct fingers during your practice?

1st and 3rd fingers uses the same notes simultaneously

Create stops on the 1st and the 3rd finger to be able to register if you are on the correct path

L.H and R.H uses 1st fingers on C note

L.H and R.H uses 3rd fingers on Eb note

Where should your 4th fingers be located in Ab major piano scale?

R.H uses 4th finger on Bb note

L.H uses 4th finger on Db note

Once you can play the scale with enough fluency do not forget to shape and phrase your scale.

02:44

How to start improvising in Ab major key?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Use Ab major scale 5 finger pattern at first

Suggested notes in Ab major key:

3 notes up and down Ab - Bb - C

5 notes up and down Ab - Bb - C -Db - Eb

Skips up and down Ab - C - Eb





Section 12: How to Practice and Master Db Major Scale
02:34

Did you know that :

Db major key was very popular in romantic period. It is described as very emotional and slightly melancholic key.

Famous masterpiece written in Db major key:

Sergei Rachmaninoff - 18th variation of Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Edvard Grieg - second movement of Piano Concerto in D-flat.

Chopin's Nocturne in D-flat, Op. 27

Some pop hits in Db major key:

Ed Sheeran - Give Me Love

Rihanna - Umbrella

Michael Bublé -Haven't Met You Yet


Db majors Key signature has 5 flats :Bb - Eb - Ab - Db - Gb

Notes used in Db major scale: Db - Eb - F - Gb - Ab - Bb - C - Db

There are two places where semitones are located in any major scale

between ¾ notes (F - Gb) and between ⅞ notes ( C - Db)

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in Db major

Db - Eb ( 1-2 note) = tone

Eb- F (2 - 3 note) = tone

F - G b (3 -4 note ) = semitone

Gb - Ab (4 - 5 note ) = tone

Ab - Bb (5 -6 note ) = tone

Bb - C (6 - 7 note ) = tone

C - Db (7 - 8 note ) semitone

03:23

Right hand finger patterns for Db scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2, 3 and 4 octaves

23- 1234- 123 - 1234 - 12

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your fingers 23 are located on 2 black keys

Watch if your fingers 234 are located on the 3 black keys

Also check if your 4th finger plays Bb key.

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising

Do your practice in small baby steps

Practice your scale in patterns

Take your time

Practice Example:

Ascend and descend using few notes at the beginning then joining more notes each time.

Start with Fingers 23 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 231234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 231234123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 2312341231234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 231234123123412 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

04:57

Left hand fingers used in the Db major scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2, 3 and 4 octaves

Fingers Used: 321- 4321- 321 - 4321- 2

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your fingers 32 are located on 2 black keys

Watch if your fingers 432 are located on the 3 black keys

Also double check if your 4th finger plays Gb key.

How to learn scale without thinking about fingers and notes anymore?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Call fingers out loud when practising

Practice at a slow pace

Maintain steady beat and think ahead

Practice Example:

Start with Fingers 321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 3214321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 3214321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 32143213214321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 321432132143212 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

03:29

Where shall you start?

Place your hands on the starting note ( Db)

Right hand starts with the 2nd finger on Db key

Left Hand starts with the 3rd finger on Db key

How to monitor correct fingers when playing both hands?

1st and 3rd fingers uses the same notes in both hands simultaneously, create stops to keep track if you are using correct fingers.

L.H and R.H uses 1st finger on F note

L.H and R.H uses 3rd finger on Ab note

Where are your 4th fingers located in Db major piano scale?

R.H uses 4th finger on Bb note

L.H uses 4th finger on Gb note

Once you reached enough fluency do not forget to shape and phrase your scale.

Where are the 4th fingers located in the scale of Db major?
1 question
02:17

How to start improvising in Db key?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Use 5 finger patterns in Db major key at first

Suggested notes in Db major key:

3 notes up and down Db - EB - F

5 notes up and down Db - EB - F - Gb - Ab

Skips up and down Db - F - Ab

Section 13: How to Practice and Master F# Major Scale
02:46

Did you know that :

Those classical masterpieces are written in F# major key

Beethoven's Piano Sonata, Op. 78,

Chopin's Barcarolle

Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Pop hits written in F# major key :

Lady Gaga ‘ Born This Way’ ,

Ed Sheeran ‘UNI’,

Rihanna “We Found Love”

Whitney Houston “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and many more.

So definitely it is a fun key to master.


F# major has 6 sharps in the key signature : F#- C# - G # - D# - A# - E#

Notes used in F# major scale: F#- G # - A# -B - C# - D# -E# - F#

There are two places where semitones are located in F# major scale

between ¾ notes ( A#-B ) and between ⅞ notes (E#-F# )

Below is a detailed breakdown of tones and semitones used in F# major

F#–G# ( 1-2 note) = tone

G#-A# (2 - 3 note) = tone

A#-B (3 -4 note ) = semitone

B-C# (4 - 5 note ) = tone

C#-D# (5 -6 note ) = tone

D#-E# (6 - 7 note ) = tone

E#-F# (7 - 8 note ) semitone

What are the notes used in the scale of F# major?
1 question
03:21

Right hand finger patterns for F# major scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2, 3 and 4 octaves

234 - 123 - 1234 - 123 - 12

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your fingers 234 are located on 3 black keys

Watch if your fingers 23 are located on the 2 black keys

Also double check if your 4th finger plays A# key.

How to make a progress?

Call fingers out loud when practising

Do your practice in a small baby steps

Practice at a slow tempo

Practice Examples:

Ascend and descend using few notes at the beginning then join in more notes each time.

Start with Fingers 234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 234123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 2341231234 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 2341231234123 ( ascend and descend 3 times)







05:01

Left hand fingers for F# major scale

The same fingers can be applied for 2, 3 and 4 octaves

Fingers Used: 4321- 321 - 4321 - 321 - 2

How to memorise fingers better?

Watch if your fingers 432 are located on 3 black keys

Watch if your fingers 32 are located on the 2 black keys

Also double check if your 4th finger plays F# key.

How to learn F# major piano scale without thinking about fingers and notes anymore?

Focus on a short patterns at first and then join it in to the longer patterns.

Practice at a slow pace.

Practice Example:

Start with Fingers 4321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 4321321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 43213214321 ( ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 43213214321321 (ascend and descend 3 times)

Fingers 432132143213212 ( ascend and descend3 times)

03:18

Where shall you start?

Place your hands on the starting note( F# )

Right hand starts with the 2nd finger on F# note

Left Hand starts with the 4 h finger on F# note

How can you monitor your progress?

L.H and R.H uses 1st fingers on B note

L.H and R.H uses 1st fingers on E# note

Where are your 4th fingers located in F# major piano scale?

R.H uses 4th finger on A# note

L.H uses 4th finger on F# note

02:21

How to start improvising in F# major key?

Play one hand at a time

Make it simple

Use 5 finger pattern in F# major key at first

Suggested notes :

3 notes up and down F# - G # - A#

5 notes up and down F# - G # - A# - B - C#

Skips up and down F# - A# - C#

Section 14: Coda
01:17
Well done for coming with me in this practice journey!

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London based pianist, piano coach, founder of pianostopcom, author of 'Piano Mastery' book.

I have a great passion for teaching piano, I've been teaching piano one to one for about 15 years and I am delighted to share my knowledge and experience with the rest of the world.

My teaching method is based on simplicity and clarity. I believe that my course has a great value for those who are committed to learn and practice piano.


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