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Online Piano Lesson #27
Bb Major - Full Scale & Broken Chord
Bb Major - 1 Octave Scale: 1 minute every day on scales is a great investment of your practice time if you truly want to master melody lines.
The full 1 octave scale is a good exercise to get your right hand moving beyond the basic 5-note hand position.
To play the full Bb major scale going up the keyboard 1 full octave, (8 notes), you will start with your (2nd finger), on Bb followed by your thumb on the C. Then bring your 2nd finger over your thumb to play the D. Then play the Eb with your 3rd finger. (see illustration below)
With your 3rd finger firmly holding the Eb key, bring your right-hand thumb under your fingers and place it on the F key. This will require a slight twist of your wrist. Release the Eb key as soon as you play the F key.
As your wrist straightens, your 2nd finger should now be directly over the G key, giving you 3 fingers to complete the 3 remaining notes of the Bb major scale.
To play the full Bb major scale going down the keyboard, you will start
with your 4th finger on the high Bb. Descend the scale until your thumb (1st finger) plays the F key. (see illustration below)
With you thumb firmly holding the F key, bring your 3rd finger over your thumb and place it on the Eb key. This will require a slight twist of your wrist to the right.
As your wrist straightens, your 2nd finger should now be directly over the D key.
Play the D and C keys, then with your thumb firmly holding the C key, cross your 2nd finger over your thumb and play the Bb key. Release the C key as soon as you play the last note of the scale.
Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear The Bb 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.
Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear the Bb major full octave broken chord. Go to your piano or keyboard and try playing this broken chord when you're ready.
Click the play button for the video directly below to see and hear The Rhythm Exercise using the full Bb Major Scale.
This is an ear training exercise.
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 skills.
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