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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.
Learn the basics in fingering here. If you are able to play C, D, E, F, G, without lifting your fingers off the keys while pressing each note down, then you are ready to learn the C Major Scale. Do not move on until you can do this! Practice makes everything easier.
Now for something advanced
Say hello to your opposable thumbs. Not literally now (someone might be watching) but you should at least acknowledge their existence, without which we would all be in a heap of trouble. Turning door knobs would be a pain. Try twisting the car key in the ignition without their use. Worst of all (in my opinion) without these little thumbs, piano songs would just be plain boring!
It is the thumb that allows the pianist to move up and down the keyboard with ease. This is because the thumb is the most flexible digit you own. Use them wisely!
How to use them wisely
Place your right hand in C position, with your thumb on the C in middle of the piano (also known as middle C). This will put all the other fingers on whatever note is before them (D, E, F, G). If you don’t know how to find any of these notes you should start here.
What is the note to the left of C?
In order to play the B comfortably (and correctly) you will have to anchor your thumb on C.
Play and hold C than pivot your 3 finger over the thumb (moving it left) so that it can play the B. Practice playing C with your one finger and then B, crossing over the thumb with your 3 finger.
I have a very specific reason for using the 3 finger which you are about to find out.
Learning the C Major scale
Most music scales are eight notes long beginning and ending on the same note. Remember the white notes on a keyboard repeat themselves every seven note. The obvious example would be A, B, C, D, E, F, G, then up to the next A. These are the eight notes of a scale (seven distinctive notes with the eighth one repeating the first).
In the C major scale we will be starting with C and then moving on up D, E, F, G, A, B, and finally back to C.
play all 8 of those notes with your 2 finger.
Playing the R.H. C Major scale with correct fingering
Place your right hand back on C position with the one finger on C.
Play C, D, and E then stop (you should be on your 3 finger).
Now swing the thumb underneath your 2 and 3 finger until it reaches the next note up (F). After playing F with your thumb, pivot all your other fingers over the 1 finger until they line up on the notes before them. 2 is now on G, 3 is now on A, 4 is now on B, and five is now in the higher C. Now play the rest of the scale (G, A, B, C).
And so the fingering for the C major scale using the R.H. is: 1-2-3-1-2-3-4-5
Practice playing this very slowly.
Try it a little faster now, playing each note at or around the same speed as the tick of a clock.
Try it all in reverse
Place the 5 finger on the higher C.
Play all the notes back (C, B, A, G, F). Stop on the F.
Move your 3 finger over the thumb to play the next not down (E).
The D and C can naturally be played by the 2 and 1 finger.
Fingering going backwards will be: 5-4-3-2-1-3-2-1
Practice going up and down the scale now.
This is how professionals are able to move swiftly up and down the keyboard. Thumbs are key in playing these keys.
Happy piano playing