Today I'm going to teach you the A Major scale. I'll start by teaching you the notes, then I'll teach you the proper fingering for the scale. The notes of the A Major scale start, obviously, on A. After A the scale progresses B, C#, D, E, F# G#, and back to A.
The fingering for the scale starts with the thumb of your right hand on the A. You are going to hit the B with your second finger (you'll remember from a past lesson that the second finger is your index finger), the C# with your third finger, then bring your thumb under to hit the D. Follow the rest of the scale out one finger after the other, ending with the little finger on A. To come back do the opposite. When you get to the D bring your thumb under to hit it, then bring your third finger back onto the C# and finish the opposite of how you started.
The finger for the left hand begins with the pinky on the A. Continue hitting the keys in order, one finger after the other, until the thumb lands on the E. Now bring your third finger over to hit the F#. Coming back down the scale is just the opposite. Play backwards until your third finger hits the F#, then bring the thumb under to hit the E and continue until you return to the A.
Practice this scale using both hands at the same time once you've got the hang of doing it one hand at a time. Scales make good daily practice, you want to be as fluent with them as possible. Stay tuned for more scales.
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