Oppose scales

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2020

Oppose scales, like C major…

The thumbs come together only once for these scales, and then they come with the index or pointer finger of the other hands. There are six of them:

  1. E major is the easiest to play in this group because there are four black keys, and the thumb can never play any of those in a scale. The thumb goes on E and A in the RH, then on E and B in the left hand. This makes it a little trickier than the B major scale.
  2. A major is more difficult because now there four wrong places to put the thumb, in both hands.
  3. D major is even more difficult. Now there are five wrong places to put the thumb.
  4. G major the second worst of the whole group. There are six wrong places to put the thumb.
  5. C major is usually taught first, not just of this group but of all major scales. It is the most difficult scale of all because with seven notes there are five wrong places to place the thumb in both hands.
  6. I usually teach Ab major last of this group because it actually uses the same fingering as the C major scale, but four flats are added. However, it is pretty easy to get the fingering right because there are only three places to put the thumbs, and two of them are correct, with only one possible mistake. I’m still trying to make up my mind about how to teach this scale.
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