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x5/x8 SFPPs
two hands, G to E (2H/SFG1)



This page will help you master one-octave major scales in the sharp keys, G to E.

You will already have worked through the 'x5/x8' scale practice patterns in C major. The same fingering works for the sharp keys G to E, which you will practice on this page.

x5/x8 SPPs (SimMo) nav

Intro & model

2H/SFG1
(C to E)

2H/SFG2
(Bb to Db)

2H/SFG3
(F and B)

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

The Scale Fingering Groups

Take a moment to look at the scale fingering group information - it will help you get an 'aerial view' of 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 4+4, LH SFG2) and B (RH SFG1 + LH 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 group" - the
groups of two-handed scales with similar fingering.

NB: The diagram below - for reference - is for the single-handed SFGs, NOT the 2H/SFGs given above!

Single-handed Scale Fingering Groups

The x5/x8 SimMo SPPs

On this page, you use this collection of x5/x8 similar motion (SimMo) scale practice patterns (SPPs) in all keys.

x5/x8 Pattern 1

x5/x8 Pattern 2

x5/x8 Pattern 3

x5/x8 Pattern 4

G major

Have a good look at the key-specific keyboard (KSK) before you start.

G major has one sharp - F sharp, a semitone below the tonic.


D major

Always bear in mind the logical build-up of the accidentals (black keys) as you move through the keys.

D major retains the F sharp from G major, and adds a new accidental - C sharp - just below the tonic.


A major

A major adds G sharp (again, the black key just below the tonic) to give three sharps - F sharp, C sharp and G sharp.


E major

E major adds D sharp. Notice how the scale is symmetrical: the first two scale tones above and below the tonic are black keys, with two white keys in the middle.


Now go on to tackle the flat keys. Or use the series nav to access any page in the series.

x5/x8 SPPs (SimMo) nav

Intro & model

2H/SFG1
(C to E)

2H/SFG2
(Bb to Db)

2H/SFG3
(F and B)

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

AND...

Once you're comfortable playing these one-octave scales in similar motion, you can go on to try the contrary motion scales for this scale fingering group - where the hands go in opposite directions.


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