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Online Piano Lesson #16
A Major - Full Scale & Broken Chord
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A 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.




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

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

  • With your right-hand thumb firmly holding the D 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 4 fingers to complete the 4 remaining notes of the A major scale.






 A Major - Full Scale - Down


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

With you thumb firmly holding on the D key, bring your 3rd finger over your thumb and place it on the C# key. This will require a slight twist of your wrist to the right.

  • With your 3rd finger firmly holding the C# 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 B key, giving you 2 fingers to complete the 2 remaining notes of the descending A major scale.






Video: A Major - Full Scale


Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear The A 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 A Major Broken Chord


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






 Rhythm Exercise: A Scale


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

These short, yet complex rhythms are developing your ear so you can learn to match them just by listening to each exercise.

  • Most musicians would rather have a great ear than the ability to read sheet music. In this course, you will gain both.

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