Learn how to play piano scales in major and minor as well as in other interesting modes! Here is an extensive piano resource with free piano lessons and printable piano scale charts for beginners.
Learning and practicing scales is an important part of learning how to play the piano.
The study of scales will teach you both technique, proper fingering, as well as one of the most important building blocks of a musical composition; the tonality, or Key.
Good news are that the most common scales used for piano playing are actually not that many, and doesn’t take very long to learn either!
When you learn scales, you should teach yourself to play them from memory.
A book with scales and chords is great to have as a reference, but always aim to learn them by heart.
First of all it’s easier! But it is also the best way to really check what you are doing and to pay full attention to how it sounds, feels and looks to play.
How do you learn them by heart? Easy, simply learn how a scale is built, and the logic and music theory behind it will help you to remember them!
Starting at a slow tempo and then gradually building up speed is also important.
You will not learn scales faster if you start playing them fast! You need to gradually build up control and balance.
Patience will pay back many times over!
Learn how to use a metronome and check how your speed improves day by day.
Although playing scales is a good idea to do every day as a warm up and technique routine, don't overdo it.
Obviously, just learning scales will not make you a great pianist! Try to not spend more than about 20% of your practice time for scale practice.
Tip: A great and fun resource for mastering scales is: Scales Bootcamp: The fastest, clearest way to get to know you scales, and then master them.
The free printable piano scale charts show you exactly how the scales look like on the piano keyboard. Great for visual learners, and to learn them quickly by heart: