Piano Lesson Eight: The Major and Minor Scales

Major and Minor Scales Using Key Signatures.

The  last post gave the Key Signatures of all the Major and Minor Scales.  The Key Signature is normally written at the beginning of the scale, although sometimes, the scale is notated without a key signature and the sharps or flats are added individually along the scale as needed.

It can’t be stressed enough that the better you know your scales and their key signatures, the better your playing will become.  Scales are good exercise for the fingers on their own, but knowing the exact amount of sharps or flats in any one key will enhance your musical understanding and your technique no end.

If you endeavour to learn all the scales, inside and out, major and minor, you will be well rewarded.

So that you can learn your scales thoroughly, I would like you to write out all the scales in your manuscript book.

Task Number One:  Use the Key Signatures as given below.  Begin with the Sharps.  Write out every Major Scales which have sharp key signatures, using the given key signatures.  Begin with C Major with no sharps, and work through to the one with 7 sharps.

Task Number Two:  Use the Key Signatures as given below to write out all the Major Scales which use Flats.  Begin with C Major which has no sharps or flats, and work up to the one with 7 flats.

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One Response to Piano Lesson Eight: The Major and Minor Scales

  1. Kate says:

    It would be helpful if you also put the sharps and flats together too. And perhaps later write down which minor and major scales have which flats and sharps. It’d be a great improvement, since all the other websites I’ve been to do not provide that information.

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