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Major Scales ~ One octave,
two hands, F and B majors



This page will help you master one-octave major scales in F and B.

This is the fourth in this series of five pages. Work through the first three pages first.

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 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.

This is the 'Odd Men Out' 2H/SFG3 page, covering the F and B flat major scales.

These two scales find themselves together because:

One of the two hands has the 'regular' group-of-five plus group-of-three fingering (LH in F major, RH in B major)

The other hand (RH in F, LH in B) divides the notes into two groups of four notes.

Look at the key-specific keyboards closely to understand what is meant.

The F major left hand uses the 'regular' 5+3 fingering; the right hand has the 4+4 grouping.

The situation is reversed. The B major left hand has the 4+4 grouping, while the right hand uses the 'regular' 3+5 fingering.

The x5/x8 patterns

On this page, you use this collection of x5/x8 patterns.

x5/x8 Pattern 1

x5/x8 Pattern 2

x5/x8 Pattern 3

x5/x8 Pattern 4

F major

Have a good look at the key-specific keyboard (KSK) to identify the LH 5+3/RH 4+4 fingering groups. The right hand never uses finger five (RH5).

F major has one flat - B flat, which flattens the fourth of the scale.


B major

Identify the LH 4+4/RH 3+5 fingering groups on the key-specific keyboard (KSK). The left hand never uses finger five (LH5).

B major is also an 'All Blacks' key - it uses all five black keys, and can also be found in 2H/SFG4.


Now go on to cover the 'All Blacks' of 2H/SFG4 - or use the nav below 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)


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