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The One-octave Major Scales
Flat Keys B flat to E flat



This series of four pages presents a practice drill for the twelve major scales, two hands over one octave.

The twelve keys/scales are divided on these pages as follows:

  • '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': D flat, G flat (enh.F#) and C flat (enh.B) ('The All-Blacks' - both hands SFG5)
  • '2H/SFG4': Odd Men Out F (RH SFG3 + LH SFG2) and B (RH SFG1 + LH SFG5)

This page hosts the Two-handed Scale Fingering Group Two (2H-SFG2) scales - flat keys B flat to D flat (RH SFG3 + LH SFG4).

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

Here is the original 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.

B flat major

Two flats - B flat and E flat.

  • RH: SFG 3 - thumb on C and on F.
  • LH: SFG 4 - LH3 on the tonic, a group of three, a group of four notes and LH2 over to finish.

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

E flat major

Three flats - B flat, E flat and A flat.

  • RH: SFG 3 - thumb on C and on F.
  • LH: SFG 4 - LH3 on the tonic, a group of three, a group of four notes and LH2 over to finish.

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

A flat major

A flat major. Four flats: B flat, E flat, A flat and D flat.

  • RH: A Group 3 scale; thumb on C and on F.
  • LH: A Group 4 scale;LH3 on the tonic, a group of three notes, a group of four notes, and LH2 over to finish.

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

D flat major

D flat major. Five flats: B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat and G flat and C flat.

  • A Group 5 scale (both hands); fingers 2 & 3 on the group of two black keys, 2, 3 & 4 on the group of three black keys.
  • White keys: C and F

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

Note: The D flat major fingering can also be seen as a 2H/SFG4 scale - the 'All-Blacks' (all five black keys).

Now catch up with the 'Odd Men Out' - F and B flat majors or select a different series page to study.

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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