Free piano exercises: 5-Finger Minor Scales ("penta scales") in 12 keys
These are important exercises you can do to get familiar with each shape of all 5-finger minor scales (penta scales). The 5-finger scale means it has the first 5 notes of the full octave scale. The full octave scale has 8 notes. Some people call "pentascale" or "penta scale". Please remember that # (sharps) and b(flats) that are repeating in the particular measure are not visible (not indicated, but it's still sharped or flatted). Try to memorize easier ones first. And eventually it's best to memorize all the penta scales in 12 keys. In this exercise, you will be playing a penta scale first, then, broken 3-note tonic chord, and at last you will be playing a blocked 3-note tonic chord to end each exercise. Penta scales are in a way more important than the full scale because to know the full scale you still need to know the 1st 5 notes of the full scale. Penta means 5.
What is a tonic chord? Tonic means 1. In the case of C Major, the tonic note is C, meaning the 1st note (the lowest note). And a tonic chord in key of C Major is built on tonic note which is C. When you see the exercise in C Major penta scale, you can see a 3-note chord at the end. That is a tonic chord. And in this case you can call it "C chord", "C major chord", "tonic chord in C Major", or "I (one) chord in C Major".
Fingerings for penta scales are always the same unlike full scales. It's always 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 for right hand. And 5-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-5 for left hand. For the tonic chord, use 1, 3, & 5.
It's boring to listen to the recording. But it's on this page for free just in case you need it.
About this sheet music and what it includes:
- Pages: 3 pages of exercises
- Content: 12 different 5-finger minor scales & tonic chords
- Fingerings: only on the 1st line (on key of C major)
- Instrumentation: For piano solo
- Complete audio sample: Always free to listen to on our website
- Downloading file: PDF
- Arranger & music editor: Mizue Murakami
- Publisher: Galaxy Music Notes
Download, Print (or see it on your tablet) & Practice !
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