Major-Scale Fingerings for Piano

I’m currently taking Ben Stolorow’s class “Jazz Piano I” at the Jazzschool in Berkeley. Ben suggested I should revisit practicing major scales in all keys with traditional fingerings, particularly for the right hand.

Anybody who wants to learn how to play piano is likely going to learn those major scales and fingerings. A Google search turns up plenty of free sources with those fingering patters, but few provide sheet music with all the notes and fingering patterns. So this is what this post is about. I used Lilypond to make a nicely engraved version (PDF file) which you can find here.


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4 Responses to Major-Scale Fingerings for Piano

  1. JIMMY says:

    Two of your fingerings are wrong. You gave the right hand fingering for the B-flat major scale as 2-1-2-3-4-1-2-3. It should be 2-1-2-3-1-2-3-4. Your fingering for A-flat major scale is 2-3-1-2-3-4-1-2. It should be 2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3. Memory aid. For all major scales with 1-5 sharps, right hand thumb goes on first and fourth notes. For all major scales with 1-5 flats, right hand thumb goes on C and F.

  2. frank says:

    Hi Jimmy: Thank you for pointing out the errors. I corrected the PDF.

  3. Eric says:

    Thanks for the great resource! I’m going to use this for some students. On behalf of teachers everywhere, thank you for your efforts!

  4. Paul says:

    Thanks, most useful as I couldn’t find these in any of my books!

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