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Scale Fingering Groups

~ Group Five ~

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 Five

Group Five gives the rule for B (enharmonic C flat), D flat and G flat majors - all keys that use all five black keys.

  • Both hands play the group of two black keys with fingers 2 and 3;
  • Both hands play the group of three black keys with fingers 2, 3 and 4.

These three keys each use a different pair of the available four white keys, according to these diagrams.

The B major scale uses white keys B and E .

*The B major scale right hand is also a Group One scale.

The D flat major scale uses white keys C and F.

*D flat major left hand is also a Group Four scale.

*The LH2 on the top D flat is a 'convenience' finger (in place of LH3).

The G flat major scale uses white keys C flat (B) and F.

*The LH2 on the top G flat is a 'convenience' finger in place of LH4.

The Group Five scales

Watch the video straight through to see how the Group Four fingering works, then play the scales one at a time.


Here are the key signatures for the Group Five scales/keys.

Next:

  • Study the scale specific keyboard and say out loud the white keys used;
  • Rehearse the groups of two/groups of three black notes and the white keys used;
  • Play/practice the three individual scales.

D flat major

Five flats - all the black keys. The two white keys used are F and C.

*The LH2 on the upper D flat is a convenience finger. If you were playing up further, you would have to use LH3.

G flat major

Six flats - all the black keys plus C flat (enharmonic B). The two white keys are C flat (enharmonic B) and F.

*Convenience finger: LH2 on upper G flat, instead of LH4.

B major

Five sharps - all the black keys. The two white keys are B and E.

Scale Fingering
Group pages

Group
One

Group
Two

Group
Three

Group
Four

Group
Five


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