Lesson # 1: The C Major Scale

This year my focus is teaching my students key signatures, scales, chords and how to read a lead sheet. I will be filling my blog with the videos and handouts that I am giving to my students, so if you are interested, learn along with us.

All of the handouts have a QR Code on them. When you print out the handout, you scan the QR Code and up will pop the play-along video. How cool is that!

Happy New Year!

c major scaleThe C Major Scale

questionmarkWhat is a scale? Scales refer to a series of notes that go in an ascending and descending manner. The major scale is the foundation from which all other scales are formed. A C major scale begins with a C and ends with a C. The same rule applies with the rest of the keys where a D Major Scale begins and ends with a D and so on. The notes on a major scale is numbered from 1 to 8, this signifies the intervals. (I will talk about intervals later.)

C Major Scale Lesson #1 Download the handout for this lesson.

The C Major Scale Video

Practice the scales at least five times before you stop. Five seems to be the perfect number for practicing a piece or technique.


Practice Tips:

  • Practice right hand first
  • Second practice left hand
  • Use the correct fingering for the scale
  • Put both hands together and play.

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