Piano Department

Secondary Piano Program

Scale fingerings

Scales and technique need to be performed with a pianistic fingering that allows for fluent execution of the exercise. The determination of what is an acceptable fingering is at the discretion of the examiner. The fingerings below are acceptable, as are those found in "The Brown Scale Book" (Frederick Harris HS1) available at your local sheet music dealer.
Fingering Guide


     Scale           Blocked/Broken  Tonic Arpeggio  Dom 7           Dim 7
MAJOR                   Chords                          Arpegg.         Arpegg.

 
 Black-key groups


D-flat  RH 2312341      RH 135 125 135  RH 412          RH 4123         RH 4123
C#      LH 3214321      LH 531 531 521  LH 214          LH 4321         LH 3214

G-flat  RH 2341231      RH      "       RH  1 23        RH 2341         RH  "
/F#     LH 4321321      LH      "       LH (1)32        LH 4321         LH  "

C-flat  RH  1 231234    RH      "       RH  "           RH  1 234       R 1 234
/B      LH (1)321432    LH      "       LH  "           LH (1)432       L(1)432

 
 C Major fingering

C       RH  1 231234    RH      "       RH  1 23        RH   "          RH  "
        LH (1)432132    LH      "       LH (1)42        LH   "          LH  "

G       RH      "       RH      "       RH  "           RH   "          RH  "
        LH      "       LH      "       LH  "           LH   "          LH  "

D       RH      "       RH      "       RH  1 23        RH   "          RH  "
        LH      "       LH      "       LH (1)32        LH   "          LH  "

A       RH      "       RH      "       RH  "           RH   "          RH  "
        LH      "       LH      "       LH  "           LH   "          LH  "

E       RH      "       RH      "       RH  "           RH   "          RH 1234
        LH      "       LH      "       LH  "           LH   "          LH 2143

A-flat  RH 3412312      RH      "       RH 412          RH 4123         RH 4123
        LH 3214321      LH      "       LH 214          LH 2143         LH 4321

 
 Others

E-flat  RH 3123412      RH      "       RH  "           RH   "          RH 3412
        LH 3214321      LH      "       LH  "           LH   "          LH 4321
        
B-flat  RH 4123123      RH      "       RH 412          RH 4123         RH  "
        LH 3214321      LH      "       LH 321          LH 3214         LH  "

F       RH  1 234123    RH      "       RH  1 23        RH 1234         R 1 234
        LH (1)432132    LH      "       LH (1)42        LH 3214         L(1)432



HARMONIC MINOR

 
 C major fingering

C       RH  1 231234    RH 135 125 135  RH  1 23        RH  1 234       R 1 234
        LH (1)432132    LH 531 531 521  LH (1)42        LH (1)432       L(1)432

D       RH      "       RH      "       RH  "           RH   "          RH  "
        LH      "       LH      "       LH  "           LH   "          LH  "
                                
G       RH      "       RH      "       RH  "           RH   "          RH  "
        LH      "       LH      "       LH  "           LH   "          LH  "

A       RH      "       RH      "       RH  "           RH   "          RH  "
        LH      "       LH      "       LH  "           LH   "          LH  "

E       RH      "       RH      "       RH  "           RH   "          RH 1234
        LH      "       LH      "       LH  "           LH   "          LH 2143

G#      RH 3412312      RH      "       RH 412          RH 4123         RH 4123
/A flat LH 3214321      LH      "       LH 214          LH 2143         LH 4321
        
C#      RH      "       RH      "       RH  "           RH 4123         RH 4123
        LH      "       LH      "       LH  "           LH 4321         LH 3214
        
F#      RH 3412312      RH      "       RH  "           RH 2341         RH  "
        LH 4321321      LH      "       LH  "           LH 4321         LH  "


 
 Black-key groups

B-flat  RH 4123123      RH      "       RH 231          RH 4123         RH 3412
        LH 2132143      LH      "       LH 321          LH 3214         LH 4321

E-flat  RH 3123412      RH      "       RH  1 23        RH 4123         RH  "
/D#     LH 2143213      LH      "       LH (1)42        LH 2143         LH  "

 
 Others

F       RH  1 234123    RH      "       RH  "           RH 1234         R 1 234
        LH (1)432132    LH      "       LH  "           LH 3214         L(1)432

B       RH  1 231234    RH      "       RH  "           RH  1 234       RH  "
        LH (1)321432    LH      "       LH  "           LH (1)432       LH  "

The above fingerings are to be extrapolated for the appropriate number of octaves - if a (1) occurs in the LH, the student is expected to substitute the 5th finger at the beginning of the exercise, and the RH requires the use of the 5th finger at the top Other substitutions are possible which make playing the first note(s) of some exercises (before the regular physical pattern begins) more comfortable - use your imagination! The dominant seventh and diminished seventh arpeggios merely represent those respective sonorities built above the tonic note; thus, they are the same for parallel keys.

* The fingering for cross-hand arpeggios is:

LH 531 RH 135 LH 531 RH 135 LH 2 RH 531 LH 135 RH 531 LH 135

This chart is adapted from a guide prepared by Peter Henderson, 1994