Scale MUSICARTA City
Flat Keys F to A flat
This page is part of the Musicarta Patreon 'Scale City' offering. If you have not already done so, browse the series home page for orientation, and work methodically for maximum benefit.
You should already have worked through the introductory two-octave scales page. This page applies a similar practice template to the flat keys F through A flat.
Here are the Contour Diagrams for the scale practice routine here demonstrated. Try, as much as possible, to play from the pattern, rather than following the notes.
There is 'from the middle' pattern [U2 D2 U3 D3 U4 D4 U2 D2] first - no diagram.
Remind yourself of the F major"key-specific keyboard". As soon as you see that one-flat key signature, these are the keys you play!
Build up "from the middle thumbs", pausing the video to practice each pattern. This isn't a play-along video - practice the patterns at your own speed, initially.
In the build-up of flats, the tonic (name-note) is the next-to-last flat, and the new flat affects the fourth of the scale.
Practice the patterns in the video one by one.
Three flats. You add A flat, giving the fourth note in the scale.
Practice the patterns in the video one by one.Remind yourself to discriminate between the 2-on-the-tonic 'convenience fingering' and the the 'for-real' RH/LH3.
Check the reliability of your scale fingering by playing the patterns from the contour diagrams.
Add D flat, on the fourth of the scale. The last-but-one flat - A flat - gives the tonic.
Practice the patterns in the video one by one. Afterwards, see if you can play from the Contour Diagram master diagram, below.
As soon as you can, play your two-octave flat scales direct from the Contour Diagrams.
The last of these three pages hosts the "all-the-black-keys" scales.
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