Piano scales sheet music - now for BOTH HANDS - will help beginners get the right hand shape for scales and for open 5ths.
Sometimes their little fingers just can't seem to lay down on the keys!
For those little guys whose hands won't behave, download this page with four sets of free scales, with "helper" notes.
I devised this first, repetitious series of scales for a particular student whose fingers did not want to conform to the 5-fingers-on-5-keys shape.
Because he is such a new beginner, I opted to use music note "drawings" - piano music with letters. (Having those easy-to-read notes removes one large hurdle for young readers.)
Scroll down the page for the free downloadable PDF links:
Since my student could already identify the keys on the piano keyboard, he "went right to town" when I gave him this five finger exercise with the made-easy notes.
As easy as this piano scales sheet music is to read, however, it's not foolproof. Somehow he, and another young student, failed to notice the fingering! Don't take ANYTHING for granted with beginners.
Once a student has gotten that rising scales pattern figured out and solidified (that takes a couple weeks of memory-jogging and pointing at the music - new students seem to be allergic to the printed page), ask them how it would go if the left hand did it!
When that goes well, have them try it hands together.
This sheet of piano scales and chords solved my student's meandering fingers.
This pattern in the note reading worksheet allows the student to gain the desired note span with their fingers, then linger there for a few extra beats as they strike the open fifths.
Open fifths are what my students start with when learning basic piano chords. Much easier to press than triads. But not so easy to find, initially, when the hand is not used to the chord shape.
This little page of finger exercises solved that problem.
Next, here are the piano lesson scales I move my students onto as soon as they can do them:
Before I wrote these piano scales out, I relied upon finger numbers written on their weekly lesson sheets. With little guys, that just doesn't cut it like a picture. This helps moms and dads, too.
Little fingers will struggle with the full triads in the second scale series.
If it proves to be too frustrating, I'll let them continue to play open chords for a while. But they need to see and understand the layout of the 3-note chords, because soon they will be using them in broken chords (Greensleeves, a very beautiful song that beginners can play).
Now, by popular demand (at least 2 of you!), here are the same scales for bass clef. Unlike the treble clef scales, I did put the clef symbol on the staffs:
Scales and chords set 1:
Scales and chords set 2:
What comes after these music scales? MORE pentascales, but now without a diagram.
Instead, it's time for them to learn "the Secret Formula" for major pentascales, which we will be spending LOTS of time with. "Tonic, whole, whole, half, whole..." over and over!
Scales & Chords for the beginner:
Scales & Chords 2, after the first set can be done WELL hands together:
The same scales in the bass clef:
Scales & Chords 2 for bass clef:
Kim in Washington:
My son is hooked...I've been introducing piano to my son on and off for a year or so, but he's not had much interest. Then I gave him "Monsters Everywhere". He loved playing it with the organ sound on our piano. He memorized it that week and I'm printing off the other Halloween songs to keep him going. I love the detailed instructions on teaching since he is my first student! Thanks so much.
That is so neat that your son has experienced the magic and mystery of music through this little song. That is so exciting to me. Thanks for writing, Kim!
Debbie, Nashville, TN:
I have been looking for a very, very long time for a website like this! WOW! I have been teaching for over 20 years and it's nice to have a resource such as this!
Please note that all comments are moderated, and will not appear until I have approved them. Also, IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR MUSIC THAT IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, YOUR REQUEST WILL BE IGNORED. That's pretty much any music written in the last 75 years...