Beginner Piano Scales in the Major Keys

​Major Practice Scales for Beginner Piano

The versatile "climbing" scales will help improve your sight-reading, rhythm, and agility. They will also get you comfortable with the notes in their scales and memorize these notes naturally.

The "triad practice" scales will introduce you to the triad chords of that major scale, and practice your rhythm with 6/8 time.

A-Flat Major

A flat major
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 • Climbing Piano Scales in A-Flat Major
 • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in A-Flat Major

A Major

A major
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 • Climbing Piano Scales in A Major
 • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in A Major

B-Flat Major

B flat major
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 • Climbing Piano Scales in Bb Major
 • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in Bb Major

B Major

B major
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 • Climbing Piano Scales in B Major
 • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in B Major

C-Flat Major

C flat major
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 • Climbing Piano Scales in Cb Major
 • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in Cb Major

C Major

C major
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 • Climbing Piano Scales in C Major
 • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in C Major

C-Sharp Major

C sharp major
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  • Climbing Piano Scales in C# Major
  • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in C# Major

D-Flat Major

D flat major
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 • Climbing Piano Scales in Db Major
 • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in Db Major

D Major

D major
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  • Climbing Piano Scales in D Major
  • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in D Major

E-Flat Major

E flat major
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  • Climbing Piano Scales in Eb Major
  • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in Eb Major

E Major

E major
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   • Climbing Piano Scales in E Major
   • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in E Major

F Major

F major
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   • Climbing Piano Scales in F Major
   • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in F Major

F-Sharp Major

F sharp major
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   • Climbing Piano Scales in F# Major
   • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in F# Major

G-Flat Major

G flat major
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   • Climbing Piano Scales in Gb Major
   • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in Gb Major

G Major

G major
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   • Climbing Piano Scales in G Major
   • ‘Triad’ Practice Scales in G Major



  ■ Learn the Accompanying Chords: Go to the Piano Chord Charts

Help With Piano Scales:

Practicing certain piano finger techniques can improve speed, agility, and your relationship with the keyboard. Once you become comfortable with these techniques, you’ll be able to tailor them to suit whichever piano music you wish to play. For now, concentrate on making proper piano fingering second-nature.

Related Reading:

  • What Are the Forgotten Key Signatures?
    The circle of fifths shows only the working scales. But, if we expand on its pattern, we can see that it’s actually more of an infinite spiral, so there’s no end to the possibilities of musical scales. One could write a song in the key of B quadruple-flat; learn more.
  • Easy-to-Read Breakdown of the 15 Key Signatures
    Most notes of the staff name both major and minor key signatures, but some are only seen as one or the other. A few keynotes don't name any working key signature, and their scales are considered rare or theoretical. Consult this table to learn more, and to strengthen your understanding of the diatonic scale.
  • All About Key Signatures
    Everything you need to know about the accidentals & key signatures.
  • Use the interactive key signature locator to identify or double-check your key.
  • There are always two keys that relate to one another more than any other key. Find out what this means.
  • The Diatonic Scale: Comparing Major & Minor
    Major and minor are often described in terms of feelings or mood. The ear tends to perceive major and minor as having contrasting personalities; a contrast that is most obvious when the two are played back to back. Learn more about major and minor scales and keys.

Getting Started on Keyboard Instruments
 ▪  Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
 ▪  How to Sit at the Piano
 ▪  Buying a Used Piano


Forming Piano Chords
 ▪  Chord Types & Symbols
 ▪  Essential Piano Chord Fingering
 ▪  Comparing Major & Minor Chords
 ▪  Diminished Chords & Dissonance