Group 2 Scales
group of the 12 major scales are 5 scales that all start on a black key.
They could be called two names, since
the black keys have two names (for example C# or Db).
The choice of the one over the other has to do
with how many sharps or flats they have in the key signature.
1. Bb major scale
has two black keys, Bb and Eb. Since it starts on a black key, the previous
fingering has to be changed, as in all scales starting on a black key.
for smooth playing you have seen that we avoid using the thumb, or first
finger, on a black key when playing scales.
The thumb is short and is better
used to tuck under your palm for smooth lateral movements.
finger 4 on Bb, and immediately tuck under the thumb on C.
After that the
pattern is very easy, since the finger groups 1 2 3 and 1 2 3 4 each end on a
The left hand will start directly with the finger groups 3 2 1 and 4
3 2 1 starting on a black key each time.
2. Eb major scale
has three black keys, Bb, Eb and Ab. The fingering changes again, but look for
the finger groups and it is easier to see the pattern.
Eb major could also be
called D# major, they are enharmonic.
has 4 black keys. Db major is enharmonic with C# major.
The two scales look,
sound and are played exactly the same on the keyboard but are written differently
It’s easier to use Db since
it has fewer flats, 5, instead of C# that has 7 sharps.
4. Ab/G# major scale
Ab is very similar to B major if you look at
what keys to use. The only difference is
the two white keys!
Gb has five
black keys, as before. See how the last
2 scales have so much in common with B major!