Scales and Arpeggios, Cadences, Burlesque

Learn to play scales and arpeggios, cadences, and Burlesque (SACB) in every key, and you will find that your piano-playing skills are ready for anything.  The knowledge, keyboard awareness, piano technique, and overall musical abilities that you will gain by mastering this combination of piano exercises in all keys will make you a confident and competent pianist, without a doubt. (Chapter 5 of Piano Player... You covers this completely.)

Here, you will find a video demonstration of scales and arpeggios, cadence and Burlesque in each and every major key.  I've put them in the order that I feel is the most effective for learning and growing.  [If you are a beginner and have not yet learned the 8 exercises leading up to scales, click on over to those "Piano Exercises" and then come back here once you have completed them (it should take about 8 weeks, or more).]

Start with the video "Introduction To C Major Scale Fingering" and work you way through the videos, in order. You will see that within 4 steps, you will be playing SACB in the key of C. Then, you are ready to start moving it to other keys. You will hopefully be able to learn and play your SACB in all 12 major keys within a year, or so.  But don't be in a hurry. Take your time, mastering the scale images and fingerings, working with slow-to-medium tempos, until you are confident in each and every key.

Your devotion to learning SACB in all the major keys will result in great strength and understanding to all areas of your piano playing. The components of SACB are key ingredients in your piano-playing foundation that you will enjoy working on and that you will be happy you have as a part of your practice repertoire.  

For a more complete understanding of how to build your piano-playing foundation,  read

"Piano Player... You".

For the most direct, organized, and progressive path to learning to play the piano, start

the Piano Skills Foundation series of piano lessons.

Scale Images, Notations, Fingerings:

For the simple picture and notation of any of the scales, go to the "Piano Scales" page of this website.

Help with Arpeggios, Cadence, Burlesque

-click here for help with Arpeggios-

-click here for help with Cadence-

-click here for help with Burlesque-

Step 1: Introduction To C Major Scale Fingering

Begin your Scales journey by learning the fingering to the C Major Scale. When you first put your hands together on this, you will play in "contrary motion". 

Step 2: Add Arpeggios, Cadence, and Burlesque

Step 3: Learn To Play Both Hands In The Same Direction

Once you have mastered the scale with both hands playing in contrary motion(easy), learn to play it with both hands playing parallel motion (much harder).

Step 4: Scales and Arpeggios, Cadence, and Burlesque in C

G Major Scale Fingering

G Major SACB

D Major Scale Fingering

D Major SACB

A Major Scale Fingering

A major SACB

E Major Scale Fingering

E Major SACB

B Major Scale Fingering

B Major SACB

F-sharp/G-flat Major Scale Fingering

F-sharp/G-flat Major SACB

D-flat Major Scale Fingering

D-flat Major SACB

F Major Scale Fingering

F Major SACB

B-flat Major Scale Fingering

B-flat Major SACB

E-flat Major Scale Fingering

E-flat Major SACB

A-flat Major Scale Fingering

A-flat Major SACB

That's it... Scales and Arpeggios, Cadence and Burlesque in all 12 major keys.  Once you have learned all 12 major SACB, your next goal will be to work on playing them with faster tempos. (videos and webpages coming soon)

Octave Scales

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

-click here to learn about octave scales-

Serious about playing the piano?

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A guide to building a solid and complete piano-playing foundation.

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Looking for some piano music?

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Need A Metronome?

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

Seiko Sq50-V Quartz Metronome

(Clicking on the picture will take you to the "Musician's Friend" website. A new window will open.)

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