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    The D Major Scale

    In this lesson, we are going to learn how to play the D Major Scale on the piano. The key of D Major has two sharps, F♯ and C♯. This scale shares the same fingering scheme as many other scales starting on white keys, including the C Major Scale. So if you’ve already learned this fingering, it will make the D Major Scale and several other white key scales easier.

    D Major Scale Overview

    D Major Scale Overview
    Keyboard Layout D Major piano scale keyboard layout diagram
    Staff Layout D Major piano scale staff diagram
    Key Signature Two Sharps (F, C)
    Notes of Scale D, E, F, G, A, B, C, D
    RH Fingering 1 2 3 - 1 2 3 4 - 5
    LH Fingering 5 - 4 3 2 1 - 3 2 1
    Relative Scale B Minor Scale
    Parallel Scale D Minor Scale

    VIDEO: How to play the D Major scale on the piano

    Visualize the D Major Scale layout on the keyboard

    The layout of this scale is

    D Major piano scale keyboard layout diagram

    Read the D Major Scale on the staff

    This is what this scale looks like on the staff

    D Major piano scale on the staff with fingering
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    Play the D Major Scale with hands alone

    Core positions

    D Major Scale chart: Core Positions for the Right Hand:

    D major piano scale chart right hand

    D Major Scale chart: Core Positions for the Left Hand:

    D major piano scale chart left hand

    Play the D Major Scale with hands together

    First sync point

    D major piano scale fingering hands together

    Second sync point

    D Major piano scale hands together fingering diagram

    Expand the D Major Scale to more octaves

    Playing this scale in more octaves

    D major piano scale two octaves fingering on staff
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    Avoid common mistakes in the D Major Scale

    Common mistakes in this scale are

    Other techniques related to the D Major Piano Scale:

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