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The C Major Scale

This is Lesson #5. In this lesson, you'll learn how to play the C major scale. What exactly is a scale? All music follows one series of intervals defined by their key signatures. Each scale has a specific key signature. What is a key signature? Briefly, it tells the musician what notes to play and the intervals between them.

The C Major scale is the easiest out of all the scales, especially for pianists. You've probably heard scales being played before even if you're not a musician. If you've ever been to a concert, you may have heard professional musicians practicing scales.

Why do we need to play scales? Because it helps us to place our fingers, especially when we're playing fast paced music. Anyways, I'm blabbering, so go ahead and click next to learn how to play a C Major scale.

Here it is! Aren't you excited? You're about to learn the C Major scale! It's the breakthru in piano music! Well, not really, but the C Major scale is pretty important to your knowledge. Here is the bar of the first octave of the C Major scale. Pretty much, this is a review of lesson #4, which introduced you to all the notes you'll need to know for this series of lessons.


Well anyways, if you've already completed at least one lesson on this web page, you probably know what to do. You go ahead and play the scale with your knowledge from lesson #4, and when think you got it correct, you click on the "Download MIDI File" button and play it to check if you got it right.

But for you dirt bags who skipped right to this lesson, here's how you play it. You see the piano keyboard at the bottom of the screen, the first note is the middle "C", which is the first note on the scale. If you skipped the previous lessons, you probably know something about music and know what to do here, so you're on your own. If you don't know what to do, go over the previous lessons.

Anyways this is only one octave of the scale, lets try the second octave.

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