This page will help you master the contrary motion one-octave major scales in the flat keys B flat to D flat - the scales in the 2H/SFG2 scale fingering group.
You will already have worked through introductory contrary motion page in C and the sharp keys to E major. Use the nav bar below to access other pages in the series.
x5/x8 SPPs (ConMo) nav
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/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.
This page contains the '2H/SFG2' scales (RH SFG3 + LH SFG4) - flat keys B flat to D flat. (Flat key F major is an 'Odd Man Out' and comes with B on the 2H/SFG3 page.)
These scales are more challenging because, unlike the 2H/SFG1 scales, the fingering is no longer symmetrical - the thumb turns under at different times in the two hands.
Watch the video to see how best to understand the 2H/SFG2 scales.
In this series of pages, you play these x5/x8 contrary motion (ConMo) patterns in all keys. You are hoping in the end to be able to play these patterns in any key.
ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 1
ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 2
ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 3
ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 4
Have a good look at the key-specific keyboard (KSK) before you start.
B flat major has two flats - B flat, the tonic (from the F major scale - accidentals in key signatures are always 'carried over'), and the new E flat, on the fourth of the scale.
Always bear in mind the logical build-up of the accidentals (black keys) as you move through the keys.
E flat major has three flats - the new A flat, on the fourth of the scale, plus B flat and E flat from the B flat major scale.
A flat major adds the D flat on the fourth of the scale to three flats already in the key signature.
D flat major has the G flat on the fourth of the scale, making it an all-the-black-keys major scale. (You'll also find it on the 'All Blacks' 2H/SFG4 page.)
Now go on to cover contrary motion in the F and B 'odd men out' majors, or use the series nav (below) to select another page.
Scale Practice Patterns (SPPs)
Scale-tone practice patterns (STPPs)
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