PIANO FOR GUITARISTS

The fundamentals of music that I teach guitarists can be applied to any instrument. I am not a piano instructor, but I'd like to offer some basic piano techniques for guitarists who are familiar with the concepts in The Guitar Lesson Companion method book series. If you're looking for a good online piano instructor or learning program, feel free to email me: LeadCatPress@gmail.com

Pianists number their fingers differently than guitar players, which creates some challenges for guitarists who want to learn basic piano skills. (Suddenly, the thumb is a finger!)


 

RIGHT HAND MAJOR AND MINOR TRIAD INVERSIONS, FOR PIANO

Root and Second Inversion Triads:
1st finger (thumb) on lowest pitch
3rd finger (middle) on middle pitch
5th finger (pinky) on highest pitch

First Inversion Triads:
1st finger (thumb) on lowest pitch
2nd finger (pointer) on middle pitch
5th finger (pinky) on highest pitch

LEFT HAND MAJOR AND MINOR TRIAD INVERSIONS, FOR PIANO

Root and First Inversion Triads:
5th finger (pinky) on lowest pitch
3rd finger (middle) on middle pitch
1st finger (thumb) on highest pitch

Second Inversion Triads:
5th finger (pinky) on lowest pitch
2nd finger (pointer) on middle pitch
1st finger (thumb) on highest pitch


 

MAJOR SCALE FINGER PATTERNS, FOR PIANO

The fingering is the same for the keys of C, G, D, A, and E
Right Hand: 123, 1234, 123, 12345
Left Hand: 54321, 321, 4321, 321

F Major
Right Hand: 1234, 123, 1234, 1234
Left Hand:

Bb Major
Right Hand: 2, 123, 1234, 123, 1234
Left Hand:

Eb Major
Right Hand: 2, 1234, 123, 1234, 123
Left Hand:

Ab Major
Right Hand: 23, 123, 1234, 123, 123
Left Hand:

Db Major
Right Hand: 23, 1234, 123, 1234, 12
Left Hand:

Gb Major
Right Hand: 234, 123, 1234, 123, 12
Left Hand:


 

GET MORE OUT OF YOUR LESSONS & MORE OUT OF YOUR GUITAR!

I wrote The Guitar Lesson Companion series for students who are taking guitar lessons, because that's the best way to learn guitar. They've got all the fundamentals of music that guitarists need, along with plenty of good sounding exercises, and a format that makes it easy for your teacher.

Susan Palmer teaches jazz, blues, and rock guitar styles via webcam. She is the author of "The Guitar Lesson Companion" method book series, which is used by thousands of teachers and students in over 10 countries, including faculty at Berklee College of Music. Palmer was the guitar instructor at Seattle University from 2006-18, she taught at University of Washington’s summer jazz workshop in 2018 and 2019, she was music instructor at Seattle Girls School for the 2016-17 school year, and she created and taught, “The Rock Project” at Cornish College of the Arts from 2010-15. Palmer’s current and former students perform regularly throughout the country, when there's not a global pandemic.