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Online Piano Lesson #13
D Major - Full Scale & Broken Chord
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D Major - 1 Octave Scale

1 minute every day on scales is a great investment of your practice time if you truly want to master right hand melody lines.




 D Major - Full Scale - Up


The full 1 octave scale is a good exercise to get your right hand moving beyond the basic 5-note hand position.

  • An octave is a series of 8 scale tones.

To play the full D major scale going up the keyboard 1 full octave, (8 notes), you will start with your right-hand thumb, (1st finger), on D and play the first 3 notes of the scale: D, E and F#. (see illustration below)

With your 3rd finger firmly holding the F# key, bring your right-hand thumb under your fingers and place it on the G key. This will require a slight twist of your wrist. Release the F# key as soon as you play the G key.

  • With your right-hand thumb firmly holding the G key, bring your wrist back into a comfortable, straight position in front of your body.

As your wrist straightens, your 2nd finger should now be directly over the A key, giving you 4 fingers to complete the 4 remaining notes of the D major scale.






 D Major - Full Scale - Down


To play the full D major scale going down the keyboard, you will start with your right-hand pinky, (5th finger), on D and play the first 5 notes of the scale descending: D, C#, B, A and G. (see illustration below)

With you thumb on the G key, bring your 3rd finger over your thumb and place it on the F# key. This will require a slight twist of your wrist.

  • With your 3rd finger firmly holding the F# key, bring your wrist back into a comfortable, straight position in front of your body.

As your wrist straightens, your 2nd finger should now be directly over the E key, giving you 2 fingers to complete the 2 remaining notes of the descending D major scale.






Video: D Major - Full Scale


Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear The D Major Scale - 1 Full Octave.

Go to your piano or keyboard and try playing this scale for yourself. It's not that hard when you take your time and follow the video.






 The D Major Broken Chord


Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear the D major full octave broken chord. Go to your piano or keyboard and try playing this broken chord when you're ready.






 Rhythm Exercise: D Scale


Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear The Rhythm Exercise using the full D Major Scale.

  • This exercise will have you listen to a 1-measure rhythm that will repeat over a 4-measure time frame. The repeat sign will automatically return to measure 2 and repeat the same rhythms again.

This is an ear training exercise.

  • You job is to listen to the exercise as many times as necessary until you can match the rhythms exactly on your piano or keyboard.

The 1 octave scale is a good exercise to get your right hand moving beyond the basic 5-note hand position. This will help significantly when you start playing more complicated melody lines.


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