Intermediate C Scale
A free video tutorial from Iliya Ryakhovskiy
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English [Auto] Hello and welcome to the introduction of the intermediate section this is what play our very first scale which is going to be C and we're going to do the scales of the intermediate and I'm going to go onto the chords and then toward the arpeggios. So far we have finished the entire basic section. Now we're going to apply what we learn in the basic section in the intermediate section except it's going to get more complex. The basic section we only played for the scales only we only played the major scale here. We're going to play two minors and then a chromatic scale the two minors we're going to be looking at is the harmonic minor the natural minor. And then we'll play the chromatic scale three exercises total per video instead of one. So let's begin let's play the C major scale so we know how it is in the majors so we can actually jog our memories here see we already know the scale. We played it before we know it really well we memorized it and we could play both hands and were fairly familiar with it. Now what we're going to do is we're going to change this scale into a minor scale. So the way how minor scales work on scales chords are minor chords. If you take the third step make it a half step down a mix it into a minor chord but scales could also be minors. There's one major scale and there are seven minor scales that we can play and they advance section we're going to play five of them into intermediate section we're going to play. So the tune we play like I said is a harmonic minor and the four natural minor. So the harmonic minor. Now let's go with the full natural minor first. So. So we can see the contrast between for minor and a full major So four major has no black keys or four minor as well. The third step the sixth step and the seventh step go down half a step for the chord. It's only the third step because you only play these three notes but for the scale it's these three stabs it's this third the sixth and the seventh step go down half a step and at neck. And it makes for minor. So let me play it really quick. Can you hear it how it's like. Really minor. Now it's more gloomy it's more scattered than the major scale like I'll do the contrast. I'll play a major and then I'll play the minor seats much more sadder and it is a for minor. If we take the third the sixth and the seventh step half step down. That makes it into the natural minor. So the notes are going to B C D E flat F G A flat B flat C will go down C B flat a flat G E flat D and C the fingerings are the same for the major and most of the scales go one two three one two three four five. And if you keep on going to two octaves it is the same thing as well where your fourth finger only plays on the one note below the tonic. So let's play it one octave until we feel fairly confident in one hand. Awesome Once that is done now we're going to go up to two octaves and play the same thing except it's going to be wider. Remember the fourth finger is going to be on the B flat and also right here. So really important to note that. Let's play two octaves. Please feel free to pause the video so you could actually understand how it works when your fingers are confident playing two octaves with the right hand. Because this is our very first minor scale you should not be familiar with it only if you've been playing piano for a while you should already maybe already know maybe you don't but pause video. Practice it right now. Play the right hand until you feel fairly confident in getting movement playing with the left hand left hand one octave. Same exact notes. C D D flat g a flat B flat and C and going down C B flat a flat G F E flat D and C. There you go. That is one octave. Practice one octave with the Latin until you know it fairly well. We're going to move on to two octaves with the left hand. Once you've got two octaves down pretty fairly well remember that the fourth finger plays on D which is a second note. It's the same thing for the Major. Now we're going to combine the hands and play one octave of C Natural Minor. Once you got one octave down pretty well now I'm going to move up to two octaves. The scale is like the a scale where it has the three sharps in play. You play that sharp on the third and on the sixty play the F sharp and then on the Sunday play G sharp. It's very similar except playing it on C so you should your fingering should be already familiar with this position and you should have no problem playing this scale if you play the in the basic section. So now let's move on to playing twenty five times skipping and 25 times straight for the C Natural Minor excellent. That's twenty five times skipping. Now let's go. Twenty five times straight awesome. Once that is complete now we know the C Natural Minor and we know the C Major from the basic section. Now we move on to our second minor which is called a harmonic minor. This is were only the third and the sixth step go down have steps on the scales one two three is going to be e. One two three four five six. It's going to be a week and a half a step down to an E-flat and a flat but the B is still unnatural. So it looks something like this. You could hear the scale unlike the Egyptian music. If you play it on improvs and this has a tone of like the Middle Eastern type of scale but it's called a harmonic minor. So this is the third and the sixth half step down. And it makes it a harmonic minor. So let's play it slowly with one hand. So notes are going to b c d e flat F G A flat B natural and C and then C B natural A-flat g f E-flat D and C go ahead and practice that right now until you could find the notes and you're comfortable playing this new scale. We haven't played it before and the form is completely different from everything we played in the basic section. So once you got one octave fairly down we're going to move it up to two octaves. The fingerings are going to be exactly the same as just the notes are slightly more trickier positive if you have to because this scale is new and figure out where the notes are with the one hand because when you know with the one hand then you can learn it with the other and both a lot easier if you know where the notes are. So let's move onto the left hand and play the exact same notes for one octave. Excellent once one octave is complete we're going to move it on to two actors with the left hand if I'm going too fast. If I say like OK we're good let's move on to the next scale and stuff like that. But if I'm going too fast please feel free to pause video. And so until you know really well the reason why I'm teaching is really fast because there's a lot of content and I want to try to make it as least amount of video time as possible and I still got over 20 hours video. So I'm trying to make it as short as possible. In each single video. So if I'm going way too fast please pause please play until you know it and then continue. You could rewind and see the fingerings or something that I do. That's fine as well. So now we're get to combine the harmonic minor and see OK practice one octave until you know fairly well. Now we're going to go on to two octaves with both hands. Good. Now once we know it with two octaves the scale. Now we're going to move onto four octaves twenty five times skipping and then 25 times straight so we know it really well. After 2.5 times skipping we go 25 times straight excellent. Once that is done we're done with our second minor scale which was C harmonic minor and now we're going to go on to our last scale which is called the chromatic scale is a lot easier to follow to understand as just every half step going up and down. Let me play one quick. That is it. That's the chromatic scale. Let's play it right hand with one octave. The fingerings are 1 3 1 3 everything is 1 and 3 1 in 3. Unless you go to these white gaps right here there is no black. He's got 1 3 1 3. And then you go with the right hand you are 1 2 and again back to three is always on the blackies one is always on the like. So 1 3 1 3 1 2 3 1 3 1 3 1 2 go slower 1 3 1 3 1 2 3 1 3 1 3 1 2. So when you go up the second white key where is no black is always 2 and everything else the white keys are going to be 1 and the black is going to be 3. Its all the same formula. And when you play with the left hand its opposite the white keys are going to be one and the black is going to be three like the same thing on the right hand as just when you go down the second the second finger is going to be playing these notes ones that go down of the white keys. So let me play the right hand and you can take a look. So something like that so practice what I have with the right hand I tell you could play just going up and down. Remember the 1 and 2 on these white gaps. Now dilettantes going to be exactly the same thing except you're going to go to 1 not 1 2 to 1 because our hands are nurse symmetrical and they go the other way. So we get to start with one. Excellent. Once you got the right hand and the left hand one octave down and you get a combined the hand and play it one octave up this is where it gets tricky because your one and twos are there and you're not playing at the same time. So two modes right here two goes right here. Two and 10 and then two on the right hand. So they like. So you play one two and then you play the other one too. So let's start here two on the right hand to on the left hand and then three one through two right here two on the left hand. There you go. Practice this scale going both hands up and down. It's some it is trick here. Once at first but once you get it it's fairly easy. So once you've got one octave down with both hands then going to four octaves up and down you're not going to go 25 times though we only going to five times. The reason why we do a lot less is because each and every tonic at repeats same fingering is in the same style. So if we play it 25 times getting 25 times straight I'd be way too much for this chromatic scale so we only need to play five times straight. There we go. That was the C intermediate scales we completed it. We played the C Natural Minor We played a C harmonic minor and we played the C chromatic scales. So excellent. Thank you for watching this video. And thank you for playing and learning the scale. Let's move on to our next video. We're going to be playing G scale.