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The One-octave Major Scales
C and the Sharp Keys to E



This series of four pages presents a condensed one-octave practice drill for all twelve major scales in both similar and contrary motion.

The Scale Fingering Groups

Take a moment to look at the Scale Fingering Groups information - it will help you get an 'aerial view' of the scale fingering, rather than trying to remember the fingering key by key.

The twelve two-handed major scales fall into four groups:

  • '2H/SFG1*': C and sharp keys to E (RH SFG1 + LH SFG2)
  • '2H/SFG2': Flat keys B flat to D flat (RH SFG3 + LH SFG4)
  • '2H/SFG3': 'Odd Men Out' catch-up - F (RH SFG3 [4+4], LH SFG2) and B (RH SFG1 + LH SFG5 [4+4]). 
  • '2H/SFG4': the 'All-Blacks' (both hands SFG5) - D flat, F sharp (enh. G flat) and B majors.

*'2H/SFG' stands for "two-handed scale fingering groups" - the
groups of two-handed scales with similar fingering.

Here is the original (separate hands) Scale Fingering Group diagram for reference.

The Scale Practice Patterns

This practice routine uses these SPPs (Scale Practice Patterns).

SPP 1

Up and down the first five notes, then up the whole octave, three times.
The previous pattern, but from the top.

SPP 2

Up and down the first five notes twice, then up and down the octave, twice.
The previous pattern, but from the top.

SPP 3

Contrary motion. From the middle, the first five notes out and in twice, then the whole octave, three times.
The previous pattern, but starting from the outsides.

SPP 4

The completed one-octave run-through. Up and down in similar motion, then from the top.

From the middle, one octave contrary motion, then ditto from the outsides.

Use the nav below to access all twelve major keys in this series.

The One-octave
Major Scales

2H/SFG1
(C to E)

2H/SFG2
(Bb to Db)

2H/SFG3
(F and B)

2H/SFG4
(B, Db, F#)

C major

All white keys - no sharps or flats.

  • RH: SFG 1 - a group of three notes and a group of five.
  • LH: SFG 2 - a group of five notes and a group of three.

Work up to a reliable performance by following the video below.

The sharp keys G, D, A and E have the same fingering pattern - RH SFG1/LH SFG2. All you have to remember is to substitute black keys for white keys according to the key signature.

G major

One sharp: F#.

  • RH: SFG1 - a group of three notes and a group of five.
  • LH: SFG2 - a group of five notes and a group of three.

Work up to a reliable performance by following the video below.

D major

Two sharps: F# and C#.   

  • RH: SFG1 - a group of three notes and a group of five.
  • LH: SFG2 - a group of five notes and a group of three.

Work up to a reliable performance by following the video below.

A major

Three sharps: F#, C# and G#.  

  • RH: SFG1 - a group of three notes and a group of five.
  • LH: SFG2 - a group of five notes and a group of three.

Work up to a reliable performance by following the video below.

E major

Four sharps: F#, C#, G# and D#.

  • RH: SFG1 - a group of three notes and a group of five.
  • LH: SFG2 - a group of five notes and a group of three.

Work up to a reliable performance by following the video below.

(Note: B major - a sharp key - is in the 'odd men out' 2H/SFG3, with F.)

Now go on to 2H/SFG2 - the flat keys from B flat to D flat or use the series nav to access a different page.

The One-octave
Major Scales

2H/SFG1
(C to E)

2H/SFG2
(Bb to Db)

2H/SFG3
(F and B)

2H/SFG4
(B, Db, F#)


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