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Introduction and Lesson Materials

Welcome to Piano Fingering Lesson 2! In this lesson we will make use of all of the core piano fingering concepts we learned in lesson 1 by practicing musical scales. Musical scale practice is fundamental to the practice of piano. Not only do they sound pleasant to the ear, but many classical compositions will frequently contain partial or complete scale runs within. Your fluency in scales will have a great impact on your ability to perform many pieces.


Finger selection is such an important part of scale practice. Why?  Much of your ability to play scales will come down to technique and muscle memory. For technical purposes, we want to choose fingering that allows us to move quickly and efficiently up and down the keyboard. There is not necessarily any one correct set of fingering patterns which a person could use to play. That is why, in this lesson, I will teach you not only my preferred style of scale fingering which I’ve practiced over the years, but also a theoretical approach that will allow you to potentially adapt your scale fingering to suit your own needs.


Most importantly, in order to develop your newly-learned skill you must practice hard and practice often.  Below you will find a link to a scale fingering reference guide for this lesson. Within it you will find explanations which should reinforce the contents in these video lessons, as well as diagrams that you can reference as you practice you scales daily.


Thanks for allowing us to guide you on this musical journey and best of luck to you!

Valentyn Smolianinov

*Please print this guide or save it to your device for reference throughout the lesson, as well as for future review and practice.