Basic Piano Fingerings for the 12 Major Scales

by Tania Gleaves on October 13, 2014

Here are the piano fingerings for all twelve major scales, in circle of fifths order.

The numbers correspond to the fingers of the left hands (LH) and right hands (RH):

hand positioning Basic Piano Fingerings for the 12 Major Scales

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The numbers above the notes on the treble staff are typically for the right hand and numbers about the notes on the bass staff:

C Major (0 sharps/ flats)

Scale Notes C D E F G A B C
RH 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5
LH 5 4 3 2 1 3 2 1

G Major (1 Sharp: F)

Scale Notes G A B C D E F# G
RH 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5
LH 5 4 3 2 1 3 2 1

D Major (2 Sharps: F, C)

Scale Notes D E F# G A B C# D
RH 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5
LH 5 4 3 2 1 3 2 1

A Major (3 Sharps: F, C, G)

Scale Notes A B C# D E F# G# A
RH 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5
LH 5 4 3 2 1 3 2 1

E Major (4 Sharps: F, C, G, D)

Scale Notes E F# G# A B C# D# E
RH 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5
LH 5 4 3 2 1 3 2 1

B Major (5 Sharps: F, C, G, D, A)

Scale Notes B C# D# E F# G# A# B
RH 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5
LH 4 3 2 1 4 3 2 1

We’re now at “6:00″ on the circle of fifths so will start going flat with our piano fingerings

Gb Major (6 flats: B, E, A, D, G, C)

Scale Notes Gb Ab Bb Cb Db Eb F Gb
RH 2 3 4 1 2 3 1 2
LH 4 3 2 1 3 2 1 2

Db Major (5 flats: B, E, A, D, G)

Scale Notes Db Eb F Gb Ab Bb C Db
RH 2 3 1 2 3 4 1 2
LH 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 2

Ab Major (4 flats: B, E, A, D)

Scale Notes Ab Bb C Db Eb F G Ab
RH 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3
LH 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 2

Eb Major (3 flats: B, E, A)

Scale Notes Eb F G Ab Bb C D Eb
RH 2 1 2 3 4 1 2 3
LH 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 2

Bb Major (2 flats: B, E)

Scale Notes Bb C D Eb F G A Bb
RH 2 1 2 3 1 2 3 4
LH 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 2

F Major (1 flat: B)

Scale Notes F G A Bb C D E F
RH 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
LH 5 4 3 2 1 3 2 1

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

john hannah August 28, 2010 at 2:10 am

As I can’t find an accordion teacher in my area ,I am using the r/h only for piano accordion application and find this system excellent to follow both scale fingering and key change scales.
Pity you didn’t have this layout for the button bass on the full size accordion.

Much appreciated!

dare opes October 8, 2010 at 7:59 am

hmmm i need god piano fingering and pentatonic and harmonic scale.tanx.

Matt Scott January 29, 2012 at 4:41 am

@john hannah

Left hand standard bass fingering for accordion major scale is
4 2 -4 5 3 -5 -3 4 etc harmonic minor scale 3 2 5 3 2 5 -2 3 etc. The fingers preceded by a dash are using notes on the counterbass row. All scales are the same fingerings in all keys. Melodic minor is a combination of these two scales.

@dare opes

Pentatonic scales use only figers 1 2 3. E.g. C major is 1 2 3 1 3 1 etc

Happy practice!
Pentatonic scales use only

Erik Thiede January 30, 2012 at 1:07 am

Thank you, Matt!

Gagede Godwin Oyeinemi February 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

Yeah, this is a nice work. whosoever that has done this work… i must confess, that the person will be rewarded by God. you know, i use to have problems on fingerings i.e knowing the right finger for each notes of the major scale. But now, by the grace of God, only God knows how Good or bad i am on the keyzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Erik Thiede February 14, 2012 at 12:35 am

Thanks, Gagede =)

Gary Moses October 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Do anyone know the correct fingering for the blues scales in both hands. I’m interested in learning to do blues scales with both hands at the same time.

Shimmy January 15, 2013 at 7:41 am

Please update your post and include ascending fingerings as well (i.e. for C major CBAGFEDC).

Thanks!

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