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Major Scales ~ One octave,
contrary motion - F and B majors
This page covers the one-octave contrary motion major scales in F and B.
This is the fourth in this series of five pages. Work through the pages in order, using the series nav immediately below.
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 is the 'Odd Men Out' 2H/SFG3 page, covering the F and B flat major scales.
These two scales find themselves together because:
Look at the key-specific keyboards closely to understand what is meant.
The F major left hand uses the 'regular' 5+3 fingering; the right hand has the 4+4 grouping.
The situation is reversed. The B major left hand has the 4+4 grouping, while the right hand uses the 'regular' 3+5 fingering.
NOTE: Like the 2H/SFG1 scales, F and B major contrary motion scales start with thumbs (RH1/LH1) sharing the tonic.
Here's the build-up video for 2H/SFG3 F and contrary motion scales.
In this series of pages, you play these x5/x8 contrary motion (ConMo) scale practice patterns (SPPs) in all keys.
ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 1
ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 2
ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 3
ConMo x5/x8 Pattern 4
Aim to be able to go to the keyboard and play the contrary motion scales in this two-handed SFG from these patterns 'just like that!
Have a good look at the key-specific keyboard (KSK) to identify the LH 5+3/RH 4+4 fingering groups. The right hand never uses finger five (RH5).
F major has one flat - B flat, which flattens the fourth of the scale.
Identify the LH 4+4/RH 3+5 fingering groups on the key-specific keyboard (KSK). The left hand never uses finger five (LH5).
B major is also an 'All Blacks' key - it uses all five black keys, and can also be found in 2H/SFG4. (The white keys - all thumbs - are B and E.)
Now go on to cover the 'All Blacks' of 2H/SFG4, or select another page using the series nav.
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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