Scale fingerings

These are suggested fingerings for playing the major and natural minor scales. You can play the scales all the way up and down the keyboard using these fingerings.

Finger numbers (left and right hand):

1 Thumb
2 Index finger (pointer)
3 Middle finger
4 Ring finger
5 Pinky

Note that the pinky (finger 5) isn’t used in the tables below. You can use it for the final note of the scale if you wish.

RIGHT HAND fingerings for MAJOR scales:

C, D, E, G, A, B (Cb) 1-2-3-1-2-3-4-1
F 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-1
Bb 4-1-2-3-1-2-3-4
Eb 3-1-2-3-4-1-2-3
Ab 3-4-1-2-3-1-2-3
Db (C#) 2-3-1-2-3-4-1-2
Gb (F#) 2-3-4-1-2-3-1-2

LEFT HAND fingerings for MAJOR scales:

C, D, E, F, G, A 1-4-3-2-1-3-2-1
Bb, Eb, Ab, Db (C#) 3-2-1-4-3-2-1-3
Gb (F#) 4-3-2-1-3-2-1-4
B (Cb) 1-3-2-1-4-3-2-1

RIGHT HAND fingerings for NATURAL MINOR scales:

C, D, G, A 1-2-3-1-2-3-4-1
C#, E, F#, G# (Ab), B 3-4-1-2-3-1-2-3
D# (Eb) 3-1-2-3-4-1-2-3
A# (Bb) 4-1-2-3-1-2-3-4
F 1-2-3-4-1-2-3-1

LEFT HAND fingerings for NATURAL MINOR scales:

C, D, E, G, A 1-4-3-2-1-3-2-1
B 1-3-2-1-4-3-2-1
F# 4-3-2-1-3-2-1-4
C# 3-2-1-4-3-2-1-3
G# (Ab) 3-2-1-3-2-1-4-3
D# (Eb) 2-1-4-3-2-1-3-2
F, A# (Bb) 2-1-3-2-1-4-3-2

Read more articles on Piano Clues:

Basic Theory

Chords and Harmony

The Circle of Fifths

Arrangement, Improvisation and Composition

Reading Music and Sheet Music

How to Record Piano

Software and Virtual Instruments

Scales and Exercises

Digital Pianos

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  1. charles Dotse says:

    I would like to master how to play the keyboard

  2. Eva james kariuki says:

    I have learnt a lot and I know I will be able to apply it

  3. Victor Obi says:

    I appreciate the info I got here it’s indeed gonna help me improve. Anyway i’m still confused about when to apply those seventh chords and the minors in a song. Can someone help me out please…

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