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Major Scales ~ One octave,
contrary motion, C to E



This page will help you master the contrary motion one-octave major scales in the sharp keys, G to E.

You will already have worked through Contrary Motion introductory page in C.  The same fingering works for the sharp keys G to E, which you will practice on this page.

The Scale Fingering Groups

Take a moment to look at the Scale Fingering Groups information - it will help you get an 'aerial view' of the scale fingering, rather than trying to remember the fingering key by key.

The twelve two-handed major scales fall into four groups:

  • '2H/SFG1*': C and sharp keys to E (RH SFG1 + LH SFG2)
  • '2H/SFG2': Flat keys B flat to D flat (RH SFG3 + LH SFG4)
  • '2H/SFG3': 'Odd Men Out' catch-up - F (RH SFG3 [4+4], LH SFG2) and B (RH SFG1 + LH SFG5 [4+4]). 
  • '2H/SFG4': the 'All-Blacks' (both hands SFG5) - D flat, F sharp (enh. G flat) and B majors.

*'2H/SFG' stands for "two-handed scale fingering groups" - the
groups of two-handed scales with similar fingering.

Here is the original (separate hands) Scale Fingering Group diagram for reference.

The x5/x8 ConMo patterns

In this series of pages, you play these x5/x8 contrary motion (ConMo) patterns in all keys.

ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 1

ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 2

ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 3

ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 4

This is a slimmed-down set of patterns, so we're playing them again in C major first.

Contrary motion 2H/SFG1 scales

Here's the build-up video for the 2H/SFG1 contrary motion scales C, G, D, A and E major.


C major

The fingering is symmetrical and no accidentals (black keys), so concentrate on getting familiar with the overall rhythm of the selection of patterns.

Your goal is to be able to 'just sit down and play' this collection of patterns in any key, as an easy way to become familiar all keys and build your 'practice miles'.


G major

Have a good look at the key-specific keyboard (KSK) before you start.

G major has one sharp - F sharp, a semitone below the tonic.


D major

Always bear in mind the logical build-up of the accidentals (black keys) as you move through the keys.

D major retains the F sharp from G major, and adds a new accidental - C sharp - just below the tonic.


A major

A major adds G sharp (again, the black key just below the tonic) to give three sharps - F sharp, C sharp and G sharp.


E major

E major adds D sharp. Notice how the black keys in this scale are symmetrical: the first two scale tones both above and below the tonic are black keys, with two white keys in the middle.


(Sharp key B major is reserved for 2H/SFG3 - the 'odd men out', with F major.)

Now go on to tackle the flat keys (2H/SFG2), or use the series nav below to select another page.

x5/x8 SPPs (ConMo) nav

Intro & model

2H/SFG1
(C to E)

2H/SFG2
(Bb to Db)

2H/SFG3
(F and B)

2H/SFG4
(Db, F#, B)


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