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Scale Fingering Groups

~ Group One ~

The Musicarta Scale Fingering Groups pages explain in a methodical how the scales at the keyboard are fingered. Start with Group One and work through the series consistently to build a reliable 'bird's-eye view', as per the Scale Fingering Group diagram below.

The Scale Fingering Groups

Scale Fingering
Group pages

Group
One

Group
Two

Group
Three

Group
Four

Group
Five

Scale Fingering Group One

The Group 1 (right hand) scales are C major and the sharp keys G through B. That is: C, G, D, A, E and B.

The fingering is the 'standard' scale fingering that most people remember.

You start with the thumb on the tonic (name-note of the scale), and play 1 - 2 - 3, then pass the thumb under on to the fourth note of the scale and play 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - ending with 5 on the octave (also name-note).

That is:

1 - 2 - 3 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5

The thumb is always on the tonic, and you add sharps (one for G, two for D etc.) as you go through the keys. The last sharp added always governs the seventh scale-tone.

The Group One scales

Watch the video straight through to let the overall plan sink in.

Here are the key signatures for the Group One scales/keys. Notice the order in which the sharps accumulate.

Next:

  • Study the scale specific keyboards, one at a time;
  • Identify the 'group of three' and 'group of five' (incorporating any key signature); and
  • Play/practice the scale. Use the scale practice patterns, or just fly solo.

If necessary, use the "3 x 5 + 1 x 8" exercises (right hand only) to smooth things out.

C major

All white keys - no sharps or flats.

You're only looking at the RH/treble clef at the moment. The lozenge shape indicates the tonic/name-note. You're playing the fingered octave (top row = RH). More info on key-specific keyboards here.

G major

One sharp: F#, the semitone below the octave/tonic. Remember - right hand only.

D major

https://vimeo.com/542308233/b25e156476

Two sharps: F# (carried over from G) and C sharp. The new sharp is always the semitone below the octave.

A major

Three sharps: F#, C# and G#. Remember - right hand only.

E major

Four sharps: F#, C#, G#, and new D#. (Right hand only.)

Note that all four scales so far have the 'conventional' Group Two fingering in the left hand (up next).

B major

Five sharps: F#, C#, G#, D# and A#.

That's all the Group One scales. Group One is a right-hand-only group!

Now go on to Group Two, the simple left hand scales.

Scale Fingering
Group pages

Group
One

Group
Two

Group
Three

Group
Four

Group
Five


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