The F Major Scale in Playing Guitar or Piano and Singing

  1. So first of all. I’d like to apologize to anyone that’s been reading this blog – I know I haven’t posted in like a month and a half, and you damn well know I wasn’t practicing, either.

To be honest, I got caught up with life. I’m just a normal guy, working a 9 to 5 (for now) and on a few other projects too. All that took up my time, so I didn’t get time to play.

But I’ve started practicing again, and luckily what I did with the C major scale isn’t all lost.

I promise to do my best to keep up with this blog and to keep practicing. I probably won’t get to post every day, but I’ll try for AT LEAST twice a week.

The F Major Scale

After going back to practicing, I moved on to the F Major Scale. I’m not really going to move chronologically (i.e. C Major to D Major to E Major, etc.) but instead, move in the direction of the circle of fourths/fifths.

That’s why I’m practicing the F Major Scale next. Here it is:

F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F

The “Bb” above is a B-Flat Note. Below is how to play the F Scale correctly.

The Right Hand – F Major Scale

1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 – this is how it breaks down:

  • F – Thumb
  • G – Index Finger
  • A – Middle Finger
  • Bb – Ring Finger
  • C – Thumb
  • D – Index Finger
  • E – Middle Finger
  • F – Ring Finger

To play this, your thumb has to cross your thumb under your ring finger to reach the C.


The Left Hand – F Major Scale

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1

  • F – Pinky
  • G – Ring Finger
  • A – Middle Finger
  • Bb – Index Finger
  • C – Thumb
  • D – Middle Finger
  • E – Index Finger
  • F – Thumb

With your left hand, your middle finger will have to pass over your thumb.


Nashville Number System for the F Major Scale

It’s important to memorize the Nashville Number System so that it’s easy to build chords and songs down the road. Here it is for the F Major Scale

  • F = 1
  • G = 2
  • A = 3
  • Bb = 4
  • C = 5
  • D = 6
  • E = 7
  • F = 8

That’s It

So that’s the F Major Scale on the piano. Now it’s time to practice this. Remember to memorize the numbering system as well as the finger placement and the scale itself