The C Major Scale | Dimitrov Boelee | Skillshare
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5 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Before We Begin

    • 3. Lesson 1 - The Right Hand

    • 4. Lesson 2 - The Left Hand

    • 5. Lesson 3 - Putting Hands Together

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About This Class

Welcome to our course on the C Major Scale. We've divided this course into 3 different lessons:


 Before we begin! - A short introduction for all the scale courses

 Lesson 1: The Right Hand

 Lesson 2: The Left Hand

 Lesson 3: Putting Hands Together


This is a course for almost complete beginners, however to follow along, it would be useful (but not necessary) to be able to read notes. If you've watched Elvire Boelee's : the Fundamentals of Piano Playing 1 and 2 you will be able to follow easily along. If you are a total beginner and you're not able to read notes yet, we advise that you go and check out the Fundamentals of Piano Playing starting with part 1:

The Fundamentals of Piano Playing Part 1

The Fundamentals of Piano Playing Part 2


The best way to follow along with this course is to print the score that we've provided for you in the project section. 


Please let us know if you have any questions or requests about this scale, or any other scale or piece you're playing. We'd be very happy to hear from you and help you.


Pieces that are in the C major tonality (in order of difficulty) include: 

* J.S. Bach - Prelude No. 1 BWV 846

* M. Clementi - Sonatina Op. 36 No. 1

* W.A. Mozart - Sonata Facile K 545


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Self Awareness, Self Honesty, Consistency and Progress

and YouTube Channel with him practicing his own pieces



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Dimitrov Boelee

Piano Duo



Originally from Bulgaria, Dimitar was called by jury members of the many competitions he won a 'Lion of the Piano in the tradition of the old Russian's'. It's his passionate and commanding playing that sets the tone for the duo

Dutch pianist Elvire was already winning prizes at 11 years old. Playing in many ensembles and with orchestras during her music studies in the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, she knew when she met Dimitar Dimitrov, she wanted to form a piano duo together. And she managed to convince him... forming the DimitrovBoelee piano duo in 2014.

Elvire Boelee and Dimitar Dimitrov are both professional pianists, having studied their Bachelor and Master of Music in Groningen and Amsterdam (the Netherlands).

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1. Introduction: welcome everyone to our course on the C major scale of our Siris on all the scales where the metro pull a piano door. My name is Mr Dimitroff and my name is available and we're both professional pianists graduates of Conservatory's in the Netherlands and we're performing as a piano door throughout the whole country. We also teach many students of many different levels, from beginners to intermediate and as well as advanced. Our ideas in our courses come a lot from the experience that we have from teaching all this students, we divided our course on the C major scale in three different lessons in the first lesson will study with you the right hand in the second lesson will look at the left hand and in the third lesson, we're going to logically put the hands together and look at some useful tips and exercises you can do in the beginning of the video you ciolino intro, which applies to all the scale courses we're going to create. We've also uploaded the score of the scale we're using during our core so you can download it and for very easily, along with us. This courses for almost complete beginners. It would be very useful if you can read knows. But even if you can, you will be able to follow along as long as you can find the note seat. If you are coming from zero knowledge, what you can do is you can watch my fundamentals of piano playing part one and two, and you will be perfectly prepared to follow this course. I will put the link to these courses in the description box so you can check them out if you have any questions during the course or after, the cars were always staying open to hear from you. For us, creating this course was a pleasure. Enjoy watching. 2. Before We Begin: welcome to the first lesson of our Siri's own scales. Today's lesson is going to be on the C major scale before we begin with learning the right hand. It's very important to mention a few things. Our scales, who always be written in, declare foot right and an F clef for the left hand. We will always have a time signature off 44 which means that we'll have work water notes in a bar. And this is actually if we have a key signature depending, of course, on the scale you're, of course, see flats or sharps. Those were the common things that will have with each scale, and now there some specific things we need to mention. Every scale that we take a look at will have a different key signature in this case. In our case of the C major scale, we have zero sharps or flats, and every scale will also have their own particular fingering. What we're striving for in our scale courses is that you have independence of both hands and you develop a proper technique as well as you learn. The key signatures in the description below will include several pieces that are very nice for you to practice that are all in the C major tonality. Now we're going to start with learning the right hand. We're learning, always hand separate because each of the hands have their own fingering and so they move on their own. We need to pay close attention to that so we don't make mistakes. Also, it is much easier in the very beginning to observe one hand instead of to. 3. Lesson 1 - The Right Hand: Let's start with lesson number one and first we're going to start learning the right hand and then later on the left and we're doing this. We're studying always hands separate, especially also with the scales, because it's much easier. It would be so challenging to actually put the hands together and play immediately together because both hands, I should have their own fingering and they moved in different ways. So it's much easier to actually observe one hand at the time. And actually, you learn the skills much better. Now let's start with our right hand. As you see in the score, we're gonna start with the first finger on the central seat. Then we're going to play our 1st 3 fingers and we're going to cross under the third finger with the some. So the first finger on the F and then we play until the fifth finger and when we want to go back, what we'll do is first play are all our fingers are five fingers, 54321 And when we arrived at the first finger on the F will cross over with our third finger and then play, of course, until the central, See where we started? Have you mentioned something very actually interesting. And I'd like you to remember that Bring going up. You're always Krul's under, and when you go down, you always cross over. It's very useful to remember this when you were playing the scales. I would like to talk about the crossing when you're going upwards, for example, when you start going, we've seen many people do this. They move their whole arm. You can see it on this camera action. You will not be able to see it on the upper because it's only the keyboard. So I left a little higher. But actually people do this. They lived. There are really hard when they're going toe cross on the earth. So what we strongly recommend is that you don't do it because it's on inefficient technique , and it's actually really not nice for the whole arm to be lifted, so make sure you keep it nice and relaxed. Now we have a nice exercise for this toe. Help you an addition kind of thing when you start playing, just hold very gently, like I'm doing right now. Hold very gently your arm and then cross under with the first finger. Then do it again so you can make sure that you are actually not moving. Now. Moving your whole arm comes from not being used to the crossing movement, and we're going to help you get used to the crossing movement a bit. The secret is to prepare to some on time. If you don't do this, you will have to jerk and also perhaps jerk your arm with you to get to the F own time. So are ideas that you once your thumb is free, start moving slowly to the F not too much. Yet keep it natural. Always keep your movements natural when you're paying the you should already be prepared with your thumb on the F, and that's also what were going to do as the first exercise. Don't play at the F, just getting us to moving it when you're on the pictures there. So once more start moving naturally in the right direction and when you're paying the is should be prepared. What would be wrong to do is if I play the 1st 2 notes, and if my thumb is there, as you can see on the other camera. My my family is far away from the F, and that will be also very inefficient. That's why what you're missing is very that it has to be already ready to play the when you're on the note and so do this exercise a few times without playing the F. And when your movement is perfect, just you can ads the note and then go again and do this several times. So you're combining the right movement, plus playing the note and stopping there. The next exercise will move us forward in preparing for the other notes. So what we're going to do is we're going to play in a gain afternoon nap. We as you see my hands, my four fingers are moving towards the keys that I need to play after that. And so the purpose of this exercise is simply to prepare the four fingers after you play the note f like this, preparing playing the northern half. And as you see my four fingers are ready to play the allergies. But I'm not doing that yet. After you do this a few times, you see my fingers already way. Have another exercise we would like to play all four fingers together after you play the note. So first we prepare the forefingers and then we'll play all the forefinger together like this. The exercise will be exactly like I'm showing, you know, we're doing this to ensure that each power forefingers 2nd 3rd 4th and fifth are actually playing the keys matching and the keys that have to be played with those fingers. We would like to do this as well several times. Don't rush ahead and skip the exercises or go to fast forward and move to the next exercise before you are really sure that you're doing very well. So make sure that you do. And when you're 100% sure that everything is going okay, then we want to separate all those four fingers, all those four keys and playing one after another like this. Let's go back down from the sea. We pay all our five fingers on two. Once again, we reach the F Where is the point that we're going to turn And this time, instead of crossing under, we're gonna cross over with our third finger over the film to play the last three fingers Me D C and we're back to the central. See where we started now, a few final words before we move on to lesson number two where we're going to study the left hand. We advise you first of all, not to play too harsh the scale not with the rights and or with the left hand. Always be very gentle when you're playing the skin. Because if you start pushing too hard into the key, that will develop really a bad technique for you and also your hands will feel really uncomfortable. The second advice we have is to not play too fast too soon. We would recommend that you don't use the match room in the beginning stages of your scale and simply take all the time you need. You don't need to keep any kind of temple Onley when you're truly confident and everything we talked about is going actually good. You can put the Metro and the Metrodome, for example. We would recommend that you put it on something as low as 50. Let me show how that sounds. This is how Metro marking a 50 will sound and I'll play just a little bit so you can hear this is 50. That means everything of the Metrodome is together with each quarter notes of the scale. The first thing is, you do without the Metro. Then you do, for example, starting 0.50 with the Metrodome. And then you can start increasing and going faster and faster. This was all for this lesson. In the next lesson, we're going to take a look at the left hand. 4. Lesson 2 - The Left Hand: in the second lesson, we're going to continue with the left hands now, as you remember, when we played the right hand, we started with the first finger on the note, See? But now when we begin with the left hand, we're doing slightly different. We're starting with 15 See also in the score. Then we're going to use all our fingers until in the notes, Jake and well, we reach first finger there, we're going to cross over, as you can see from the camera with 13 girl on the note A and then we're going to continue until we reach the sea with first finger. Then we're going to call. And once we reach the north A with third finger, we're going to cross this time under on. We're going to use all of our fingers. We reach again with fifth finger and sick. Let's do this once more just to remember. So we're starting with the finger way. We're going to cross over and give you reached first finger with first thing on the road. See everything you did right after a crossing under first way have toe end game with fifth finger where we initially started Now let's take a look at some tips and exercises that we can do, which will be the same as we did with the right hand in less than one. But let's take a look at how they apply to our left hand Now. Now, let's take a look at the first crossing movements that were going to meet as soon as we play the game and the first movie we're gonna cross over. So justice that we did it with the right hand in less than one comm. Practice justice movement several times without playing the key. And once you're comfortable with this movement, go ahead, play the key and finish the scale up to them. See now, when we go down, we need a little bit more attention because the crossing under movement is actually a little bit more difficult and requires a bit more practice and preparation. Let's take a look at that now. The going back is very important as it was going up with the right hand, and that's because of the movement of the elbow or the whole arm, because when you play, when you when you go back on what you have to cross under. Usually what happens is that we see people lifting their whole arm like we did him the right. We left it this way. Now we're thinks way, and we shouldn't do that. What we recommend is that a game gently you can hold. You can hold your left arm and just work on the crossing without really lifting it. So after you're sure that you're not lifting your whole arm and elbow, what you have to do is prepare the thumb on time to play the note. D. And we do that a few K's before once the sea is released with from the first finger. First thing guys you can see from the upper camera. It's 40 preparing, you see it's movie, and when I'm on a note, A. I'm already ready to play G of the left hand and then after that is just a sequence of exercises and building up step by step. Once you're ready with, you're going to play the G you. Then once you play the Geo, you're going to start preparing your other fingers for the next kids. What, you already preparing the other kids, their fingers on the next keys you're going to play all the keys together, remaining like this. And once you got the next exercise with a zit supposed to be in the scale and our final advice for the left hand would be the same as we gave for the right hand, which is especially, don't play too harsh. Don't try to control every note impressed down too hard. Try to keep it loose and gentle and try to relax your hand while your name also don't. Trying to play too fast too soon is very important that you get used to the movements of all the crossings over and under. Try to be patient and tried to let it develop in a natural way. As soon as you are comfortable, feel free to put the Metrodome so that you can start increasing a temple in a very systematic kind of way. And we would be starting again like we did with the right hand on tempo 50 with the Metron All So this is Temple 15. Beat comes together with one being of the Metro and once you're playing is very precisely and very relaxed. Feel free to start increasing the temple little bird, little This was all for lesson number two. Let's move form to the next lesson where we're going to put their hands together. 5. Lesson 3 - Putting Hands Together: Let's begin with the third lesson. Now we're going to put the hands together since we already know the right and the left hands separately. Now putting hands together is a little bit more tricky since both hands the right and the left and separate are crossing, actually at different spots. Let's have a look if I start playing together with first finger in the right and fifth finger in the left. And as you remember, we started together on here We come to the first place where actually the right hand crosses as you can see from the upper camera. But I reckon doesn't Then we continue for and now the left and crosses over. But the right hand doesn't way. Continue into if he needs to scale. Now we're going back this time. Left hand crosses first under. Then when we reached this place, Raichand crosses over on. We're Becker where we started. Now, when we're going to put our heads together and practice together hands, it's very, very important to remember that you can't take the same temple as you practice your separate hands exactly like Dimitar showed. Crossing in different places is pretty tricky to remember and to apply. So it's very important that we start this process extremely slow and careful. Very, very conscious is the key. We would actually advise you to circle the places where you actually have to cross in your own score like who do in our own right now. Because once I start playing, actually hence together, if I see the circle here, I pay much more attention and it's much more comforting for me. Then if I continue and see the circle here, it becomes also much easier then the rest of it. I don't have circles. I'm basically very relaxed because I know nothing can go wrong. Then I go. I see this going the left hand, so I pay attention. As you can see, I'm also slowing down. And then I see here that I also have to cross, so make sure you do the same in your own score. Now, when you're practicing this for the first few times, feel free not to keep any temple, just like Dimitar said he slowed down at the crossing is most important that you just pay attention to If you're doing everything right when you feel that you are becoming more and more comfortable and you're actually not needing to slow down too much. We would say, OK, it's time to put the Metro So let's see how we do that now. Once you're comfortable, we're going to introduce the Metrodome and we're going to start again on Tempo 50 and again . Every beach of the Metrodome will be one note off the right and left hand this time together. We're still, however, going to take some extra time when we crossed, because we're going to do a nice exercise. Now let's begin. A soon as the first crossing comes, we're going to stop. Just let the Metrodome take on, and we're going to check our fingering before we continue on. So we're gonna check, is the right hand on first finger and is the left hand on the second finger? If so, then continue. If not, start again from the beginning and check to see if the crossing is going well now. Since we did the check and it's correct, I'm going to continue on going to stop at the next crossing and the next crossing. We're going to make the same check, but this time it's even easier because all we need to do is check it. Both hands are on the third finger, and since they are, we're going to continue again. Stop at the first crossing and check if the right hand is playing the second finger and the left hand is playing the first finger. Just let the Metrodome chick on as long as needed to make this check. And once you check it and once it's correct, continue on and the next crossing again a little easier because all you need to do is check it. Both fingers are playing third finger. And if this is correct, go ahead and finish this skill. Okay, You can apply the stops of this exercise until you feel that you actually don't need them. The exercises very useful because it teaches you where to cross. It teaches you how to cross. It teaches you the right fingering and off. It gives you comfort, security and confidence. We will upload the score of the scale so you can actually download it and full easily, along with us in the description box below will also mention a few pieces in C major that get actually practice and play check out our other courses for beginner as well as intermediate pianist and feel free to ask us any question that you might have about this C major scale or about any other piece that you're playing you can also follow also needs to Graham and Facebook, as well as on YouTube, where we upload the video every Sunday. For us, making this course was a big pleasure. We hope you enjoy it and we'll see you next time.