Here’s a quick lesson on playing the C blues scale on the piano. It’s a simple little scale and, combined with the nifty chords I teach you in this quick lesson, you’ll be making some pretty cool, bluesy sounds on the piano in no time!
It helps me to think of the C blues piano scale in two groups of notes:
Group 1 is C-Eb-F-Gb
Group 2 is G-Bb (and C, if you’re going to be descending after playing the top C note).
This helps me not only remember the scale, but helps with my fingering also. I play Group 1 with fingers 1-2-3-4 and Group 2 with fingers 1-2. I can then cross my thumb under my 2nd finger to start all over again, or simply play the top C with my middle (3rd) finger if I’ll be descending.
Here’s a color-coded image of the grouping – I like to think of this as the “shape” of the scale:
Now, just spend a few minutes each day playing around with the C blues scale and you’ll have it in your brain and fingers before you know it!
There are SO many scales you could possibly learn, but it only takes a few of them to really make a difference in your playing. I think of them as the “glue” that holds melody, harmony, improvisation, and all your piano playing together.
That’s why I created a whole course to really help you get the important scales into your fingers. It’s called Piano Scales… FAST! and you can check it out here.
Here’s a quick video about how to learn scales super-fast by visualizing and feeling the “shape” of the scale on the piano keyboard.
To reinforce this pattern concept, here’s a color-coded image of the C Major Piano Scale. The red keys represent the first grouping of 3 keys – played by your thumb (finger 1), index finger (2) and middle finger (3). The green keys represent the second grouping of 4 keys – played by your thumb, index finger, middle finger and ring finger (1,2,3,4). The yellow key (C) means that you can start the 3-note pattern over again with your thumb, or simply play the yellow key with your pinky finger (5), if you’re going to be coming back down the keyboard.
And here’s a color-coded image of the F Major Piano Scale:
Scales may seem like one of the boring parts of learning to play piano, but, believe me, learning how to learn them fast – AND learning which chords to play them with – can dramatically improve your piano playing.
In fact, I’ve just put together a video piano course that shows you exactly how to do just that.
So, if you really want to take your piano playing to the next level by learning 19 unique scale structures (NOT just major and minor) in all 12 keys, check out my video piano course, Piano Scales… FAST!