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Major Scales ~ One octave,
contrary motion - B flat to E flat
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 group information - it will help you get an 'aerial view' of 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 group" - the
groups of two-handed scales with similar fingering.
NB: The diagram below - for reference - is for the single-handed SFGs, NOT the 2H/SFGs given above!
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.
x5/x8 SPPs (ConMo) nav
As soon as you have learned the contrary motion major scale in these keys, you can go on to use the abbreviated scale practice routine for this 2H/SFG.
Scale Practice Patterns (SPPs)
Scale-tone practice patterns (STPPs)
Diminished Scales (series)
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