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Scales are important to playing the piano - particularly since the instrument is laid out like a zebra crossing :)

They help you find your way around the 'geography' of the piano. Also see note reading.

Here's a few things to bear in mind:

  • start slow and steady
  • practise each hand apart
  • play smoothly with equal volume on each key
  • gradually build up confidence and speed
  • play hands together once you're able
  • play without looking if you can

Fingering tips:

  • Sharp keys (C/G/D/A/E/B) - middles match (mostly)

(Left hand for B:

  • Flat keys (F/Bb/Eb/Ab/Db)
    • Thumbs on F + C