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In the previous lesson, we learned how to build major scales in flat keys. Today we will learn how to play them.

The following image shows all the 7 flat key signatures:

You will learn the proper fingering for both left and right hands. The better way to master flat key signatures is to start practicing with separate hands. Play in a very slow tempo in the beginning, until you memorize the fingering. After that, use a metronome and play the given major scale as quarter notes (one note per beat). Try to practice right and left hands equally. After some time, you will be able to play the scale with both hands.

Key signatures with flats have different fingering when compared to key signatures with sharps. You will notice that we almost never use finger 5. It happens because when you practice scales, you will avoid playing black keys with your pinky. Similarly, when a scale has several black keys, we will prefer to use the thumb on white keys. You will notice that it helps to play faster.

So, that said, let’s see how to play F Major scale:

a) Right hand:

b) Left hand:

Now, let’s see how to play Bb Major scale:

a) Right hand:

b) Left hand:

Notice that since this scale starts on a black key, we will apply the black key rule (avoiding to play it with the pinky).

And finally, let’s check how to play the Eb Major scale:

a) Right hand:

b) Left hand:

If you’re not comfortable in building major scales with flats, please check the previous article here.

Here’s a list containing all seven major scales with flats with proper fingering using music notation:

 

The fingering at the top of the staff is for the right hand (R.H.), while the fingering at the bottom is for the left hand (L.H.).

That’s it! Practice all major scales with sharps and flats. Try to set a daily routine to do it, so it will make your music skills grow faster and faster. Remember: it’s all a matter of practice. The more you do, the better you get.

Happy productions!

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