Is there only one way to finger scales? Do C, G, D, A, and E always start with left hand 54321? Zac Adamson says “no!” We discuss alternate scale fingerings and how they can help students (and you!) play with more natural ease and flow. During this episode, he demonstrates specific scales and their alternative fingerings on his piano and I try them out on my piano! Zac has created a diagram for you to use which simplifies things and allows you to see similarities and patterns. Zac is currently a Master’s student studying piano performance under Scott Holden at Brigham Young University. He teaches private lessons and group classes to university non-music majors and also has his own studio of private piano students.

Article “Equal Rights for the Left” by Frederic Kirchberger

Article “The Subject is Scales” by Iva Loughlen Guy

Zac’s Handout and Diagram

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