5 Minute Piano Lessons: C Major scale for the Left Hand

As a teacher of twenty five students, I highly recommend private lessons.  For those on the go, wishing to learn what they can, this is the place for you.

It takes years of study to play the piano correctly.  I will only be touching on the finer points here.  Feel free to post any questions pertaining to this lesson at the bottom.

This 5 minute lesson will be a bit shorter teaching wise, than the last 5 minutes lesson… or whatever.

Basically it all comes down to the one finger, again.  In our previous lesson we learned the right hand C Major scale.  The notes are still the same here (C, D, E, F, G,  A, B, C) you just use different fingering to play them.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about then go here to learn proper fingering, or here to learn where the notes are.

To review, the R.H. (right hand) fingering for the C Major scale is 1-2-3-1-2-3-4-5.  Doing it backwards from the higher C down to the lower C it is the same fingering in reverse: 5-4-3-2-1-3-2-1.

If you haven’t noticed by now your left hand is a mirror image of your right.  This mean that if you want to play the same notes as the right hand with the left, your fingering will be the opposite.

L.H. C major scale going up is 5-4-3-2-1-3-2-1.

Going down: 1-2-3-1-2-3-4-5.

Practice doing the L.H. now.



Cross the 3 finger over the thumb or the thumb under the 3 finger, at the appropriate place of course.

Keep those fingertips lined up with each other.  Be lenient with this. As long as your fingers are curved and aren’t flat on the keys your doing it right.

Be sure that you don’t lift the fingers off the keys while playing, unless it is necessary (with a thumb or three finger change).

And most importantly of all… have fun!

For practice

Play the R.H. C major scale up and then down.

Play the L.H. C major scale up and then down.

Play both hands at the same time SLOWLY.  Take your time with this.  If you find yourself messing up then take them one hand at a time again. You will not be able to do this right off the back now.  Healthy practice habits take time, but it makes everything easier to play and understand.

If your left hand isn’t ending on the 5 finger, or your right on the 1 finger (after going up and down the scale) than you are not using correct fingering.

It is imperative for our future lessons that you use correct fingering.

Other piano lessons to peruse at your leisure

Happy piano playing

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