Picture Scales 5 Finger Major

Five Finger Picture Scales, today’s Throwback Thursday, is one of the most popular things I’ve made. They were very unique back in the day, and now this type of graphic is available everywhere. I’m glad, because a lot of students simply can’t follow scales on tiny little staves! Put them in your students’ binder and enjoy. Long time followers of my blog know that they are also available in five-finger minor, as well as one and two-octave major and harmonic minor versions. Scroll down for links. Here’s the original post from 2008.

Five Finger Picture Scales are very helpful when teaching young children. I originally made these for a very young student who was having some trouble reading notes. It was so long ago I can’t even remember who I made it for, but it is one of the most popular downloads on my website. You can print out just one page or the whole set.

I am a very big fan of learning all the major and minor 5-finger positions because it helps piano students in so many ways: hand position, transposition, theory, ear training; the list goes on and on. I always teach them in the circle of 5ths because later it helps with the theory. After we learn the 5-finger scales we learn cross over arpeggios in all the major and minor keys. Young students love how “big” they sound when they can do that.

Click here for Five Finger Picture Scales

Click here for all the picture scales. 


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7 thoughts to “Five Finger Picture Scales – Throwback Thursday

  • Natalie

    Is it possible to buy a copy of your Five Little Pumpkins song? Can’t seem to find it in your store and it looks perfect!

    • Susan Paradis

      I have that one in an affordable bundle all set to sell, but I haven’t had time to post it. I am going to post it Friday. It is on-the-staff for beginning readers. It is in a group of 5 autumn pieces, 2 which are brand new and never published.

  • Ann Penny

    I’m unable to print any of your wonderful teaching aids, songs, etc. today. I love using them with my students and appreciate your website so very much!

    • Susan Paradis

      Wait 12 hours and try again. If you are usually able to print them, it is probably due to the internet.

  • Christine

    Great ideas and good to use

  • Joanne

    I just wanted to thank you for all the time, effort and skill you put into developing these resources for us. They are a valuable tool in my studio and are much appreciated.
    Thank you!

    • Susan Paradis

      You’re welcome. It means a lot to be appreciated!


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