MUSIC THEORY FOR PRODUCERS INTERVALS - PART 2

In the previous lesson, we learned how to build major scales using key signatures with sharps. Today we will learn how to play those scales.

Most music students complain about playing scales – they say it’s difficult or even boring. The true fact, however, is that practicing scales is one of the key elements to master an instrument, be it piano, guitar, bass, flute,etc. It also will help you to memorize each scale and easily identify the key of any song. On the other side, it’s an important background to anyone who wants to compose a song.

As seen in the previous lesson, the next image shows all seven key signatures with sharps:

sharps

So, if a song is written in the key of A, for example, it will probably have most F, C and G notes sharped. It doesn’t mean that we won’t find natural F, C and G notes in a song, though.

As important as visually identify a key signature is to correctly play them. Each major scale has a proper fingering for left and right hands. Let’s remember the fingering for C Major scale:

a) Right-hand fingering:

C Major scale - right hand fingering
C Major scale – right hand fingering

b) Left-hand fingering:

C Major scale - left hand fingering
C Major scale – left hand fingering

You might be familiar with playing the C Major scale by now. If not, I strongly recommend you to practice it so that the next scales can be easier to master.

Now let’s see the fingering for the G Major scale:

a) Right-hand fingering:

rh-fingeringgmaj

b) Left-hand fingering:

lh-fingeringgmaj

Notice that the fingering is the same for G Major scale and C Major scale. D Major, A Major and E Major also use the C Major fingering. As the number of sharps grows, the fingering starts to change (that’s the case of B, F# and C# major scales).

Let’s see how it is for B Major scale:

a) Right-hand fingering:

rh-fingeringbmaj

b) Left-hand fingering:

lh-fingeringbmaj

Notice that the fingering changed for the left hand.

Let’s check the fingering for F# Major Scale:

a) Right hand:

rh-fingeringfmaj

b) Left hand:

lh-fingeringfmaj

And finally, C# Major scale:

a) Right hand:

rh-fingeringcmaj

b) Left hand:

lh-fingeringcmaj

Below there are the seven major scales in sharps written in music notation. The numbers above the notes refer to right-hand fingering and numbers below the notes show left-hand fingering:

gmajor

dmajor

amajor

emajor

bmajorscale

fmajorscale

cmajorscale

It’s crucial to practice separate hands at the beginning, playing one or two scales per day. In a few days, you will be able to master all sharp key signatures.

That’s it! Keep always practicing, so that it will make you a better musician, composer and music producer.

Happy productions!