Grade 1 Scales and Broken Chords

For those who are taking the graded exams, scales is one of the requirements of the exam. For a young child, these may not be easy to learn as they all sound the same but consists of different groups of black and white keys. Students not only need to remember the correct notes for each scale, but also need to practice with the correct fingering. Practicing with the correct fingering will allow you to remember the scale fingering and notes easily (most scales have the same fingering) and to avoid playing the wrong notes. The correct fingering may not be the most convenient fingering, thus students need to resist the urge to use the most convenient fingering or to play faster than he/she can control with the correct fingering. Therefore, for young children, it is always advisable for the parents to learn so that they can guide their children at home.

To aid in the learning of scales, you may also like to print out Scales Checklist G1

For the scales and arpeggios syllabus of other grades, please click here

All scales are to be played two octaves, hands separately, except for C major scale and contrary motion scales. All arpeggios are to be played 1 octave, hands separately.

C Major Scale

*note that for grade 1 you are required to play C major scale hands together
Right Hand:
scale_CmajRH2
Left hand:scale_CmajLH2

C Major Scale Video


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G Major Scale
*note that for grade 1 you are only required to play G major scale hands separately
Right hand:
scale_GmajRH2
Left hand:scale_GmajLH2

G Major Scale Video

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F Major Scale
*note that for grade 1 you are only required to play F major scale hands separately
Right hand:
scale_FmajRH2
Left hand:scale_FmajLH2

F Major Scale Video

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A Harmonic Minor Scale

Right hand:scale_AminRH2
Left hand:
scale_AminLH2

A Harmonic Minor Scale Video

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D Harmonic Minor Scale
Right hand:
scale_DminRH2
Left hand:scale_DminLH2

D Harmonic Minor Scale Video

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C Major Contrary Motion Scale
Left and Right hand, starting with thumbs on middle CG1 contraryscale_Cmaj

C Major Contrary Motion Scale Video

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G Major Arpeggio

Right hand:
G1arpeg_GmajRH
Left hand:
G1arpeg_GmajLH

G Major Arpeggio Video
*note that for grade 1 you are only required to play this arpeggio 1 octave

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A Minor Arpeggio

Right handG1arpeg_AminRH
Left hand
G1arpeg_AminLH

A minor Arpeggio Video
*note that for grade 1 you are only required to play this arpeggio 1 octave

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*updated in 2022

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