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Playing the Black Piano Keys
G-flat major scale.

The key of G-flat major is the same as F-sharp major: Learn why!

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How to the Play Black Piano Keys

The G-flat major scale has a flat on every note except F (see key signature for Gb).

Notice how the above scale begins with the index finger: the long fingers are best suited for the black piano keys, so avoid hitting the accidentals with your thumb or pinky.

Tip: When starting a scale with a long finger, try to place your thumb on the next white key possible. For example, in the G-flat major scale above, the thumb hits the fourth note (a Cb flat), which is a white key. *

* C flat and B are essentially the same note: Learn about the piano keyboard’s hidden accidentals.

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