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Piano scales – How to play any major scale on the piano

How to play any major scale on the piano. Learning to play skills is essential to playing anything on the piano. The more thorough you are with your scales the better your playing on the piano is going to be.

Read our next post on why and how to practice skills on the piano. In that post we will talk about how to use the correct fingering to play the notes and how to practice with one and both hands. In order to play any scale on the piano you first need to know what a half step and a full step is.

When you move from one note/key on the piano keyboard to the very next key it’s called taking a half step. The next key may be a black or white key depending on which note you started with. A full step is when you shift to notes instead of one. Which means that you skip the very next half step key and pay the next note after that.

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The way any major scale can be played on the piano is like this. All major scales follow the following pattern of keys.

Root note/note of the scale you are playing followed by full step, full step, half step, full step, full step, full step, half step.

So for an example of a C major scale the notes that you will be playing following this formula are: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.

This formula applies to any major scale on the piano. For example if you want to play the B major scale on the piano. The pattern of full steps and half steps will give you the following notes.

B, C Sharp D Sharp, E, F Sharp, G sharp, B-flat, B. Simple isn’t it?

Knowing the notes of power scale is simple enough in theory but getting good at practicing it is quite something else. In the next post people talk about the correct method to practice the scale on the piano.