Learn all the major scales! Piano scale fingerings for practice
Learning to play piano scales? We’ve put together this ultimate resource to help you succeed! First, watch the video with Mr. Hoffman demonstrating each 2-octave scale, posted below. Then, explore the tips and tricks for mastering major piano scales. Finally, we’ve included a free downloadable Major Scales Guide with fingerings. Happy playing!
Video: How to Play All 12 Major Piano Scales
In this video, Mr. Hoffman demonstrates how to play each 2-octave scale on the piano. To find a particular scale, browse the video’s chapters by selecting the bullet-point icon.
Tips & Tricks for Mastering Major Scales: Piano Guide
Basic Fingering for Piano Scales: Almost half of all major and minor scales use “basic” fingering. Check out C major to see what that pattern looks like in right hand and left hand. Put a star next to every scale that uses the same fingering – but be careful! A couple of scales, like F major and B major, use basic fingering in ONE hand, but different fingering in the other.
Black Key Fingering: With major and minor scales on piano (one octave or more), we never put fingers 1 or 5 on black keys! That’s why we can’t just use basic fingering for every scale.
That doesn’t mean these other scales have to be difficult! Scales that use all 5 black keys (B, F-sharp/G-flat, and C-sharp/D-flat major) have their own predictable pattern.
- Every set of 2 black keys uses fingers 2-3 in right hand, 3-2 in left hand.
- Sets of 3 black keys use 2-3-4 (or 4-3-2 for left hand).
- Finger 1 (the thumb) is only used on white keys for these scales.
Download The Major Scales: Piano Guide
Need a quick reference for the notes and fingerings of all 12 major scales on the piano? Major scales can be played more easily with our guide. Hoffman Academy has you covered with our Major Scales: Piano Guide! This guide is perfect for anyone who’s learned how to play 2-octave scales and just needs an easy way to check notes and fingerings. If you’re looking for a more in-depth tutorial on playing 1- or 2-octave scales, we have lesson videos for those starting in Unit 9!