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In the previous music theory for producers lesson, we learned how to identify notes in the keyboard, and also we did our first keyboard practice.

Today we will start with another piano/keyboard practice. Even if you don’t consider yourself a musician yet (you should), try it, so you will start to realize that it becomes easier (and faster) to record and perform beats and melodies.

Previously, on Part One, we played keys from C to G. This time let’s learn the proper fingering to play from C to the next C (one octave). Check out the image below, which shows how to play it with the right hand:


The numbers on the keys indicate the fingering. Remember, finger 1 is the thumb, 2 is the index, and so on. Notice that the fingering follows the sequence: 1-2-3-1-2-3-4-5 to go in the ascending mode. So, you start on C with finger 1 and end on the next C with finger 5. How do we play from finger 3 on E to finger 1 on F? We do a piano technique which consists of passing the thumb under the other fingers, as shown in the following picture:

Notice that the thumb passes horizontally under the other fingers.

The descending mode, that is, going back to the first C, is played using this fingering:

5-4-3-2-1-3-2-1, which is nothing more than the same fingering, going up to down:


Finger 3, in this case, will pass above the thumb, as shown in the following picture:

Notice that now finger 3 passes above the thumb.

You can practice this exercise with a metronome or with your preferred beat. It would sound like this:

And now with a beat:

Have you heard about scales before? This exercise is the C Major scale. We will cover major scales in details in the future.

Now let’s practice with the left hand.

The next image will show the proper fingering for the left hand:


Notice that the fingering for the left hand is similar to the right one. The right hand’s descending mode is the same as the left hand’s ascending mode, for example.

Keep practicing playing the C Major scale in a slow tempo at the beginning, until you feel comfortable playing it. The primary focus is on the proper finger technique.

After being comfortable playing with separate hands (it can take a few days to a few weeks, depending on your dedication), try to play with both hands together. Yes, it’s tricky, but it’s entirely possible!

Playing with both hands together should sound like this:

Don’ t worry if you can’t play it right away. It also takes some time and patience. The scale technique is a skill that a pianist/keyboardist will use for the rest of their lives!

Have fun!

Pianist, keyboardist and music producer.

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