e minor scale on Piano

Almost always the first scale a beginner piano players learns is the C Major scale. It's pretty easy. Start on a C note, play through all the white keys until you get to the next C note. That's one octave of the C Major scale. As a player improves they can learn that there are many ways to apply advanced techniques to that simple scale. But, that's not today's lesson.

Today's lesson is the e minor scale over two octaves. It's a great scale for a player to learn when they want to step beyond the C Major scale. Here's some great reasons why this is an excellent scale to learn:

  • It includes one black key. A beginner can start building up scale playing skills with more than just white notes.
  • It can be easy enough to learn how to play any scale on piano over one octave, but how about 2? It gets a little trickier.
  • If the player happens to be jamming with other players, perhaps a guitarist, and the guitarist wants to play a song in the key of G - this minor scale can work perfectly for some cool improvised melody playing (but, the theory behind this is for another time. Just trust us, it works).

Without complicating things too much practice this scale using only your index finger on one hand and then also on the other. Play through it ascending and descending. Aim for clear notes and even timing. Play through it simultaneously with both hands simultaneously.

If you can play triplets, or other techniques give them a shot too. Try not to get those fingers twisted up!