Going Up and Down the Scale
Now that you have learned how to play the C major scale in both directions, it is time to combine the techniques of thumb under and third over to create a single scale that starts and ends on the same note. Starting with your right hand, you will use thumb under on the way up and third over on the way down. Be sure to repeat the top C note with your pinky or the timing will not work out correctly. The challenge here is to play each note very evenly, with no hesitation due to the fingering. Go very slowly at first, and only build up speed if you can do so while maintaining an even tempo and rhythm. Never sacrifice evenness for speed!
FIGURE 8-6: C major scale ascending and descending—right hand fingering
Now try the left hand. Here you will be doing the opposite of the right, using third over on the way up and thumb under on the way down. Be sure to repeat the middle C with your thumb or the timing will not be correct. Remember, slow and steady is the goal, while maintaining proper form with your wrist, elbows, and body posture.
FIGURE 8-7: C major scale ascending and descending—left hand fingering