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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Playing the C Major Scale

To play the C major scale on the MIDI keyboard, start with the thumb—which in keyboard terms is called finger 1—and then play D with the second finger and E with the third finger. For F, the thumb is passed under the hand, and the rest of the notes upward are then played using the next available finger (refer to Figure 3.3). When top C is reached, the descent begins where the fingering pattern is then reversed.

It is difficult to overstate the value of this simple exercise. All instrumentalists have to go through this training. The importance of the exercise lies in the fact that it combines theory and practice. It is one thing to know the names of the notes, but it is another to hear them clearly in your mind. Through ...

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