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The One-octave Major Scales
F and B - the 'Odd Men Out'



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': 'Odd Men Out' F (RH 4+4/LH SFG2) and B (LH 4+4/RH SFG1)
  • '2H/SFG4': B, D flat and F sharp (enh. G flat) - the 'All-Blacks' (both hands SFG5)

This page covers the 2H/SFG3 'Odd Men Out' scales F and B majors.

Here is the original (one-hand) Scale Fingering Group diagram for reference.

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#)

The 2H/SFG3 'Odd Men Out' scales

The F and B scales have this in common:

  • One hand uses the 'ordinary' scale fingering (RH SFG1 or LH SFG2).
  • The other hand divides the octave into two groups of four notes, played with fingers 1 to 4.

Look at the key-specific-keyboards below, and you will see that:

  • In F, the RH plays 4 + 4 and the LH plays 5 + 3
  • In B, the LH plays 4 + 4 and the RH plays 5 + 3

Bearing this in mind will help you remember the fingering and master the scales.

F major

One flat - B flat.

  • RH: SFG 3 - thumb on C and on F.
  • LH: SFG 2 - a group of three notes and a group of five.

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

B major

B major. Five sharps: F sharp, C sharp, G sharp, D sharp and A sharp.

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

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

Now go on to 2H/SFG4, the 'All-Blacks', or use the series nave to select 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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