The C Major Scale – Piano Finger Placement and Day 1 of Practice

C Major Piano Scale

by Omar Zulfi on October 19, 2012

C Major Scale PianoWussup everybody,

I know its been a couple weeks now since my last post, so lemme start by saying sorry for anyone out there who has read the first post and was waiting on a second one (probably not many since I just started this site, but what the hell..).

I was on vacation the day after I wrote the first post – I went to Minneapolis and it was dope.

I’m from Canada so I spent a hell of a lot of money there. Anyways, when I got back I had to catch up on some work and other projects (Im a producer/artist and my day job is in online marketing). Anyways – nuff of that.

I’ve been practicing a bit, but I need to do more. Last post I said I would start with the C major scale, and I did. I’ve already memorized the C major scale, but never knew the proper fingering for the left hand. And there’s some other stuff I want to do involving the number system (we’ll get to that in the future), so I might as well start.

The C Major Scale

If you don’t know how to form scales yet click here to learn piano scales.

If you’re lazy, here’s the C Major scale

C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C

(For real though – don’t be lazy, learn how to build the scale, everything’s easier that way.)

In case you forgot, here’s the piano finger positions for C-major:

Right Hand Piano Fingering

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (If you don’t know what these numbers mean see my first post)

Here’s what this all boils down to:

  • C – Thumb (Finger 1)
  • D – Index Finger (Finger 2)
  • E – Middle Finger (Finger 3)
  • F – Thumb (Finger 1)
  • G – Index Finger (Finger 2)
  • A – Middle Finger (Finger 3)
  • B – Ring Finger (Finger 4)

C – Pinky (Finger 5)

Here’s a demo of it so you can visualize it better:


Left Hand Piano Fingering

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1

Here’s what this means:

  • C – Pinky (Finger 5)
  • D – Ring (Finger 4)
  • E – Middle (Finger 3)
  • F – Index (Finger 2)
  • G – Thumb (Finger 1)
  • A – Middle (Finger 3)
  • B – Index (Finger 2)
  • C – Thumb (Finger 1)

So in this one you have to cross your middle finger over your thumb to get to the A and then finish off.

Here’s a video:

Now What?

Now it’s time to practice this scale. Over and over and over and over and over and over again. Until you have the C major scale and the proper piano fingering memorized. I’ve been practicing this scale this week and nothing else. I’m going to keep practicing this scale this week, and I’ll be back in a day or so with more about my practice technique.

Thanks for reading. If you found this useful, please share it using the buttons on the left. Peace.

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Valerie Cuppy April 29, 2013 at 2:56 am

Thank you so much for all this info!
We were just given an old Haines Bros.- New York piano. It’s in great condition and seems to work just fine. I was looking online today for some kind of a “cheat sheet”. My husband and I would, hopefully, like to learn a few basic songs. All the sites I’ve found seem complicating….until I came across yours. You have a great layout, and easy to understand website & tutoral’s. So, again, thank you very much!!! I will be printing some of these pages & diagrams for our future use.

Very appreciative,

P.S~ I’m still researching what year our ‘new’ piano is. Can’t seem to find a listing for it’s serial #, though. If you are at all familiar with these piano’s (Haines Bros.and are interested in helping me out… the serial # is 23 942. There is, however, a date written in pencil by the serial number that is 10/12/42…… since the last 2 #’s match, I’m assuming it was made in 1942…… or it’s just coincidental.


Omar May 29, 2013 at 12:39 am

Valerie! Thanks for the comment, I’m glad you are finding my site helpful. I really wanted to create a resource that I’d like to see while learning. I guess since I’m learning as I’m blogging, it works out well. Feel free to print, copy and do whatever to help you learn. I’ll be posting more and more content now more frequently because I’ve set up a proper practice schedule for myself. (I’ve been slippin s lil bit)..

I’m not too familiar with different types of pianos but yours sounds like a classic. Thanks again. Keep in touch!


ajantha karunarathne May 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm

f# minor


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