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    The A Minor Scale

    The A Minor Scale 

    A Minor Scale Overview

    A Minor Scale Overview
    Keyboard Layout A Natural Minor Scale piano keyboard layout diagram
    Staff Layout A Minor Scale piano staff note layout
    Key Signature No sharps (♯), No flats (♭)
    Notes of Scale A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A
    RH Fingering 1 2 3 - 1 2 3 4 - 5
    LH Fingering 5 - 4 3 2 1 - 3 2 1
    Relative Scale C Major Scale
    Parallel Scale A Major Scale

    VIDEO: How to play the A Minor scale on the piano

    Visualize the A Minor Scale layout on the keyboard

    The layout of this scale is

    A Natural Minor Scale piano keyboard layout diagram

    The Natural Minor Scale layout on the piano

    A Harmonic Minor Scale piano keyboard layout

    The Harmonic Minor layout on the piano

    A Melodic Minor Scale piano keyboard layout

    The Melodic Minor layout on the piano. Keep in mind that this is the layout of the ascending Melodic Minor scale. When the Melodic Minor is played descending, the notes revert back to the Natural Minor version (see the first tab).

    A Harmonic Minor Scale piano keyboard layout
    A Harmonic Minor Scale piano keyboard layout

    Read the A Minor Scale on the staff

    This is what this scale looks like on the staff

    C Major piano scale on the staff with fingering
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    Play the A Minor Scale with hands alone

    Core positions

    A Minor Scale chart: Core Positions for the Right Hand:

    C Major Scale Chart Right Hand

    A Minor Scale chart: Core Positions for the Left Hand:

    C Major Scale Chart Left Hand

    Play the A Minor Scale with hands together

    First sync point

    C Major Scale hands together fingering chart

    Second sync point

    C Major piano scale hands together fingering diagram

    Expand the A Minor Scale to more octaves

    Playing this scale in more octaves

    C Major piano scale chart in two octaves on staff with fingering
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    Avoid common mistakes in the A Minor Scale

    Common mistakes in this scale are

    Other techniques related to the A Minor Piano Scale:

    Loren Fishman

    Loren Fishman

    Loren Fishman is an award-winning concert pianist who has been teaching in both private and university settings for over 20 years. He started Vita Piano as an effort to make professional piano instruction and resources accessible to everyone.

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