Scale Fingering – G Minor (Harmonic, Melodic and Natural)

Here is the piano fingering for the G Minor scales as taught in my lessons:

One octave R.H (up) 12312345 (down) 4321321

One octave L.H (up) 54321321 (down) 2312345

Two octaves R.H (up) 123123412312345 (down) 43213214321321

Two octaves L.H (up) 543213214321321 (down) 23123412312345

Watch video demonstration of the G Minor scale (Harmonic):

Scale Fingering – E Minor (Harmonic, Melodic and Natural)

Here is the piano fingering for the E Minor scales as taught in my lessons:

One octave R.H (up) 12312345 (down) 4321321

One octave L.H (up) 54321321 (down) 2312345

Two octaves R.H (up) 123123412312345 (down) 43213214321321

Two octaves L.H (up) 543213214321321 (down) 23123412312345

Watch video demonstration of the E Minor scale (Harmonic):

Scale Fingering – D Minor (Harmonic, Melodic and Natural)

Here is the piano fingering for the D Minor scales as taught in my lessons:

One octave R.H (up) 12312345 (down) 4321321

One octave L.H (up) 54321321 (down) 2312345

Two octaves R.H (up) 123123412312345 (down) 43213214321321

Two octaves L.H (up) 543213214321321 (down) 23123412312345

Watch video demonstration of the D Minor scale (Harmonic):

Scale Fingering – D Major

The D Major has the same fingering as the C major scale but contains two sharpened notes (F sharp and C sharp). Just like all the other scales it’s best to start off with 1 and 2 octave hands separately before trying them hands together. You can increase the D major scale to cover 3 and 4 octaves by putting the thumb under again in the right hand and 4th in the left hand and continuing the same fingering further up the piano. In the earlier ABRSM piano grades you will only be required to play the D Major scale 1 and 2 octaves hand together however in later grades you’ll be expected to play it in contrary motion (both thumbs starting on D) as well as 4 octaves hands together. You can find ABRSM piano scale books in local music shops in Swindon as well as online. 

Here is the piano fingering for the D Major scale as taught in my lessons:

One octave R.H (up) 12312345 (down) 4321321

One octave L.H (up) 54321321 (down) 2312345

Two octaves R.H (up) 123123412312345 (down) 43213214321321

Two octaves L.H (up) 543213214321321 (down) 23123412312345

Watch video demonstration of the teacher playing the D major scale:

Scale Fingering – Chromatic

The chromatic scale is unique in that it uses all the white and black notes on the piano covering the full range of notes from lowest to highest (also know as the Chromatic series). Although this may sound complicated it is one of the easiest scales to learn as it uses only your first 3 fingers in both hands. Just like every other scale it’s best to start 1 and 2 octaves hands separate and only once this is mastered try them hand together. As you’ll see from the demonstration below, finger 3 is always used on the black notes and finger 2 is used to bridge the gaps between them in both hands. As the chromatic scale covers all the notes on the piano you can start on any note as well as increase the octave range very easily by simply repeating the same fingering pattern. The Chromatic scale is a requirement at almost every ABRSM piano grade level and you will be expected to start on any note and play the scale in many forms including up to 4 octaves, contrary motion, staccato (both similar and contrary motion) as well as a 3rd and 6th apart.   

Here is the piano fingering for the chromatic scale (starting on C) as taught in my lessons:

One octave R.H (up) 1313123131312 (down) 131313213131

One octave L.H (up) 1313213131321 (down) 231313123131

Two octaves R.H

(up) 1313123131312313123131312 (down) 131313213132131313213131

Two octaves L.H

(up) 1313213131321313213131321 (down) 231313123131231313123131

Watch video demonstration of the teacher playing the Chromatic scale: