The G Major Scale Keys
G major scale has one black key on the piano. The keys you need to play here on G major scale are G, A, B, C, D, E, and F#. After the 7th F# again you need to go back to the G of a higher octave. The F# is the only black key in the scale. In order to play the scale on piano, you need to keep in mind that the rule must be followed in order to get the best speed. Also, you need to remember that all the fingers in both the hands have a number assigned to each of their fingers. The fingers from thumb to pinky of the right and left hand can be named as 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 for convenience.
Playing the G major scale
The numbers assigned to the fingers are used to make a formula, so as to play the scale following formula for each hand. For the left hand, the formula is 54321321. This means, the left-hand pinky is used to play the first note G and the thumb is used to play the last or the higher octave G. The ring finger, middle finger, index finger, and thumb are used to play the A, B, C, D. Again, the middle finger index finger and thumb are used to play the remaining keys like E, F sharp and G of the higher octave.
On the other hand, in the left hand, the rule used is 12312345. This means, the thumb, index finger, and middle finger are used to play G, A, and B keys. Again the same thumb, index finger and middle finger are used to play C, D, and E respectively. Only the last two keys F# and the G again are played by the ring finger and the pinky.
G major scale as a Major scale
The G major scale like any other major scale follows the Major scale formula. The major scale formula is WWHWWWH. The keys of the Gmajor scale being G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, and G, it can be applied to it accordingly.
- Moving from G to A there are two half steps. These half steps are called semitones in some cases. Two semitones come together to make one whole tune.
- The whole tune skips one-half step. This means starting from G, one half-step, or one key on the keyboard needs to be skipped. The skipped key is left behind and the next key is pressed.
- Then the A is the key which needs to be pressed after skipping one-half note is played.
- B which also comes as played after that A scale skipping a half note. This means skipping one semitone and then reaching the next note.
- The third move is from B to C which is a half step. This means, here the movement does not skip any key and just comes after a half step. It is a semitone.
- From C to D it is again a whole step and the person has to skip a half step or a semitone in between.
- Again from D to E it is a whole step and one whole step requires to leave a half step unattended.
- Again from E to F# on has to skip a half step. The step is a whole step comprising of two semitones.
- Lastly, reaching the G of the higher octave from the leading tone F# again it is a half step.
The semitones and the half steps are the same apart from the fact that half step describes the movement on the piano from one key to another key. So semitones and half steps sound the same.
The G major Chords
The G major chord piano can be made from the G major notes by stacking the two keys to three keys. The chords are made because they sound better than the simple scale notes, both when played as G major scale in piano or in G major scale in guitar.
The G major degrees
- The degrees of the G major scale start from the Tonic major G.
- Supertonic A is a half step or a semitone above the tonic G
- The third tone of the octave is Mediant which is spelled B
- The fourth note is one half-step below the dominant and thus we can call it the subdominant. The fourth note is C Subdominant.
- The fifth note is Dominant. The dominant is D in the G major scale.
- Submediant is one step below the leading note. The E note is the sixth key.
- The leading tone is one semitone below the octave. This makes reaching the octave note easier by making the tension. Here F# leads to the octave.
- Octave in G major is the higher G.
The scales are very important to develop command on your fingers while playing on G major scale piano. You become more familiar with the fretboard while practicing the G major scale guitar.
G major Scale emotions
The G major scale guitar or the G major scale piano has such tender notes that can be used to compose music that is calm and passionate at the same time. Love songs for faithful, forever lasting relationships, even friendships that have a promise to last forever can be knit using these notes carefully.