• The key to learning major scales

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    The key to learning major scales (01)

    Note: Please pay attention to this lesson as you will need to know how to play scales when forming various major chords.


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    1 Jacqueline Paul

    It’s excellent way of learning to play an instrument. i have just begun with the lessons n its exciting and its easy n simple to understand.

    2 Polly

    Great lesson. Just a minor thing (no pun intended) – at https://www.hearandplay.com/main/why-the-circle-of-fourths-is-so-important-when-learning-major-scales it is called the circle of fourths. Which makes sense to me as when we work counter clockwise, each scale starts at the fourth from the previous scale, flattening the 7th from that scale.

    Am I making sense, or have I missed something?

    3 Jermaine

    Hi Polly,

    Thanks for writing!

    See this lesson on whether to call it circle of fourths or fifths:

    All the best,

    4 leonard

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    i really want to learn how to play the piano but i cannot afford to buy your series. i will be most grateful if you provide an option for me to learn for free. thank you.

    5 Polly

    The scales (pun intended) lift from my eyes!

    Thank you for clearing up the confusion. :)


    6 Linus Hairston

    where do I find information on you web sight about your 703 audio series “enhancing the left hand” and how much does it cost

    7 Evan

    Dear Mr.Jermaine.
    Thanks for all the support given to me in learnig the basic free lessons. I wanna like to buy your 300 page course and like to know how much is the cost of it to deliver to my door via postal mail. Also like to know what are the items i will receive on buying your product or course of learning piano.
    Waiting to hear from you at the earliest.
    Thanks and regards

    8 jerome

    I love the free piano lesson. Please send the piano lessons every two weeks, I really appreciate the piano lessons. I am stuck on lesson four and I need to learn more about the Major Scales and the cirle of fifths. Thank you for your patients.

    9 Evan

    Dear Jeramine.
    Thanks for all the suport you are rendering to me for learning the piano.
    I would like to clear one thing about chords of the major scale. To play the chords of the major scale must we use the same scale notes of c major? or each scale have each chords? for example C Major scale is CDEFGABC. The chords are CMajor,Dminor,Eminor,FMajor, GMajor, Aminor,Bdiminished and finally CMajor. right?
    In case of D Major scale will it be like this or i am mistaken? The D Major scale is DEF#GABC#D. So the chords will go this way or different way? DMajor, Eminor,F#minor,GMajor,AMajor,Bminor,C#diminished and finally Dmajor. Do please let me know if i am right or wrong. thanks a lot.

    10 Lilly

    i’m sorry i really didn’t get that one, and do yuo have lessons on how to read sheet music”


    Hhooo! this is wonderful. Your lessons are very helpful. Am learning a lot of concepts.

    12 Ruth Collins

    I better understand the theory of the circle now but didn’t get it till I read comments from Polly. If I couldn’t hear the sound of the progression, then I would apply the whole, half step theory but I can hear where the next key should be, so how does this help me? Or am I being my impatient self again? I’m looking forward or should I search for, more video lessons…I need to ‘see’ and ‘hear’. A lot of reading and makes me tired.

    13 bri

    i dont think i completly understand this lesson . should i keep going on? and i agree with lily i want to learn how to read sheet music is this part of that?

    14 bri

    ok my last comment was answered i kept reading on and yes lily it is teaching how to read sheet music the only thing is i dont understand the bottom part … is the top the c major scale and the bottom the f major? so thankful:))))

    15 Janine

    Wow, thanks so much for providing all this, Jermaine – very generous of you! I can see that it’s going to be very very helpful. :)

    16 Mikey Beats

    Great lesson; best so far (yet I’m sure there’s more to come) on understanding the concept of keys and scales and what it means to play in a key by starting and ending on a particular note. Priceless!

    17 wilson ajero

    Your lesson are great, i hav learnt a great deal from it. I am a beginner that initially knew nothing about music but thanks to you innovative work no this site. Pls i dont understand the circle of fifth and how it works pls can you clearify me. Am waiting for your reply. Thanks

    18 bradford full time

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    20 arimoroolamilekan

    I really love your lesson but how can know the key someone is singing

    21 Elijah

    It has help me a lot

    22 Mitah

    Unbelievable Jermaine. I have been on the key of C major for long & now want to move on. That is move on in learning all other 11 keys & this is really great stuff. As it is important to know scales in all 12 keys I can’t believe these 2 steps work magic to help us in attaining that. I have already formed Bb major scale in my mind from F major scale you formed above & will continue until I cover this whole circle. Then I can progress in learning chords in the rest of the keys than just dwelling for long in the key of C. Of course there are other great ways I could still use which you taught without relying on the other scale to form the other like using WWHWWH but I think I will use circle of fifths/fourths instead. You are great Jermaine. You are great!!! May God continue to keep & protect you & your family. May He continue to bless you even more abundantly that you’d have no big room to contain the blessings that those close to you will benefit from what falls or flows out of your container.

    23 John

    Really. I need the full lesson on this topic and other relevant topics, but how can I get them? And yes I’m a member i.e I’ve subscribed to the site. Please Jermaine help. It’s really intriguing. I started out with d formula to run the scales and mastering the keys, and seriously it was tiresome that I had to give up. But reading through this, man! I think I’m heading back to the piano to finish what I started. But I need the full lesson. God bless you.

    24 Ememobong

    I’m really grateful for these lessons

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