Major Scales II (the sharp keys)

Here are the seven sharp key Major Scales, written out for one and two octaves for pianists, along with piano fingerings.

The imagery of the scales on the keyboard is particularly important for any pianist wanting to master the instrument.

By learning and mastering each scale, you develop a picture in your mind of each key and how it lays on the keys. This image, along with the fingerings will help you feel at home in the key, whether you are memorizing a piece of music or reading in that key.

As with all other scales that your play, multiply the benefits to your piano-playing foundation by following them with Arpeggios, a cadence, and a tune in the same key.  Do this, and you will be greatly enhancing you knowledge and your skills.  Keyboard imagery will be expanding in your mind and in your hands.  This will help tremendously in all the other areas of piano study: tunes, music reading, and learning and memorizing piano pieces. (See Piano Player... You, the ebook where you will find the complete plan for your piano-playing foundation.)

[The mastering of all major and minor scales will benefit your piano skills in countless ways. Your knowledge of keyboard geography and confidence in the feel and shape of each scale will help in reading and memorizing music, as well as understanding the structure of the music you play. Chords and chordal structures will make much more sense to you and you will see relationships and patterns which would not occur to you without proper knowledge of the scales. Also, your technique will grow and your ability to solve and master fingering issues will expand greatly. The pianist who has all the major and minor scales firmly in his head and in his hands will be much more confident and comfortable with all areas of piano playing then one who does not. So master the scales... all of them. Learn the fingerings for all, develop speed and dexterity using the metronome, rhythms and links. Play the scales in octaves, play the scales in thirds, in sixths, in tenths. Play them hands-separately, hands-together. Play them parallel and in contrary motion. Play them loud, play them soft, play them with musical shaping and touch. Play them in your pajamas, play them in your work clothes, play them in your football uniform... Play them, play them, play them. Oh yeah... don't forget to enjoy them! Scales can be lots of fun. You should never be bored when the scales are on your mind and in your fingers.]

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Major Scales: G Major

Here's the scale written with its key signature:

D Major

Here's the scale written with its key signature:

A major

Here's the scale written with its key signature:

E Major

Here's the scale written with its key signature:

B Major

Here's the scale written with its key signature:

F-sharp Major

(sorry, I do not have it written with the key signature, but...) here's the key signature:

C-sharp Major

(sorry, I do not have it written with the key signature, but...) here's the key signature:

Need the flat-key scales?

"Major Scales I: flat keys + C Major"

Octave Scales

You will also want to incorporate octave scales into your practice routine.

-click here to learn about octave scales-

-click here for more about scales-

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Need A Metronome?

Here's the metronome I prefer to use for practicing the piano:

Seiko Sq50-V Quartz Metronome

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