Chromatic Scale for Piano, with fingering

The Chromatic scale is another one of those scales that can be used in almost any kind of music, it uses all the keys so it will fit in anywhere, all you have to do is start and end on the right note. 

Let's start with the fingering, if you start on C and go up in semitones, (that means playing every key on the piano) the most common fingering would be 1313 123 1313 12, in the right hand and 1313 213 1313 21 in the left so you're making sure the 3rd finger always goes on the black notes, it's the same fingering coming back down as well.

Now that's the most common way for the Chromatic scale but if you want a bit more speed then the fingering that a lot of people use in Moonlight Sonata the 3rd movement is also good. It's close to the end; the left hand starts the run on G sharp ascending, with the fingers 4321 then the right hand takes over with the fingering 1234 123 1234 123 13 123 1234 123 13 123 13 1.

It ends on the A note, and every time you get to the D natural you use the 1,3, fingering, this fingering will probably take a lot longer to master as the pattern is much longer so harder to remember, but once you get it you'll probably find it faster and smoother to play. Now if you want you can work out how to do it in the left hand as well.

OK let's put the chromatic scale to music, remember what I said about starting and ending on the right note, well if you're playing to a song with the C chord then the best place to start would be on one of the notes from the chord of C, so either C, E, or G, now you want to do the same thing with the end of the run, see which chord you're on and then end on one of the notes from the chord.

Now that you have an idea of the basic rules, start experimenting with fingering, ways of putting it into a song and also different rhythms and speeds. I'll leave you to it then. Have fun and have a look at this course with a great way of learning scales and keys that's fun too.

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