The D major scale keys on Piano
D major scale has the notes D – E – F# – G – A – B – C#. The D major scale has two Sharp keys as F# and C#. The C# and F# are the keys located on the black keys of the piano. So, the key signature naturally includes two sharps. D major scale violin has the richest sound. There are many who suggest that D major scale sounds brilliant on the violin.
But in this article, we will focus on playing it on the piano.
The D major scale: Intervals Explained
- The D major scale has its first key as the D Tonic note.
- The second key of the scale is E which is a major.
- F# is the third key and it is also a major key in the scale.
- G is a perfect note in fourth position.
- The Perfect key at the 5th position is A.
- The sixth position major is B
- C# at the seventh position of the scale is also a major note
- Perfect D is the octave at the 8th position of the scale.
The D major scale on the piano: Degrees Explained
- Tonic of the D major scale is the first note of the scale.
- Always the note after the tonic note is called Supertonic as it is higher than that of the tonic note. Here the supertonic is E.
- F# is the mediant which is placed in the third position.
- The subdominant note G means the note which is lower than the dominant note.
- The dominant note is always in the fifth position of the D major scale.
- The sixth note is the Submediant B note in the D major scale.
- The leading tone is the second last note with creates a tension which makes reaching the octave very obvious C#
- The octave note is the D note on the scale.
The Major scale characteristics of the D major scale
- D major scale follows the major scale formula for the whole notes and the half notes.
- The whole notes encompass two semitones.
- While playing the whole note is the one which skips a half step while moving from one note to another.
- The major scale has a very important feature of the placement of the whole and half steps in the scale in sequence.
- The scale notes have a good gap between the half notes as the formula is WWHWWWH.
- The half note does not require any key to be skipped and the keys of the previous note are generally adjacent.
- Among the notes D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D, the first two are whole notes.
- This means that moving from the first to second note and from second to third note, one needs to skip a key.
- The third note F# and seventh note C# are such that, moving from the previous keys to these keys does not require one to skip a key or a half note.
- A half note is equal to the semitone.
- The D major scale pentatonic cuts off a few keys.
- The D major scale pentatonic by the name signifies having five notes as D – E – F# – A – B
While playing the D major scale on guitar also the notes are used and by practice, the learner masters the string positions on the fretboard.
Playing the D major scale on a piano
- One needs to remember and follow the number rule for the left and the right hand, which are different from most other scales.
- These rules for using fingers on the specific keys are important.
- This maximizes the convenience of the player and helps to pick up the pace without any difficulty.
- The numbers assigned to the different fingers are 1234 and 5 for the fingers thumb, index, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky respectively.
- 54321321 is the sequence for left hand and 12312345 is the sequence of the fingerings in the right hand.
- This means pinky, ring finger, middle finger, index, and thumb are used to play the notes D, E, F#, G, A.
- The middle finger, index, and thumb are used to play B, C#, D in the left hand.
- 12312345 is the sequence for the fingers in the right hand.
- D, E, and F# are used to play by Thumb, index, and middle finger.
- G, A, and B are played using Thumb, index, and middle finger again.
- C# and D are played using the thumb and index finger.
- In practice, these rules are conditioned and the learner can easily pace up while playing D major scale on the piano.
The emotional tone of D major scale
The D major scale has a combination of notes that complements emotions such as victory and joy. A composer prefers to use them in the song lyrics where he heralds war cries. The notes can be used to stitch a garland of triumphant victory over obstacles.