The first scale in the circle of fifths which contains a flat is the piano keyboard scale F major with arpeggio and fingerings.
This particular page contains the sheet music and performance information for the piano keyboard scale F major with arpeggio and fingerings.
Look at the circle of fifths diagram below to see that C Major is at the very top of the circle. Just to the left of C Major is the F hatch mark with a single B flat just above it on the music staff.
Fingerings for the F Major Scale
The correct fingerings for the F major scale are as listed below. These can be printed out by clicking on the blue link just following the fingerings for the F major arpeggio paragraph.
Notice that the right hand piano fingering is unusual in that the 4th finger plays B flat both ascending (going up) and descending (going down) the scale.
Right Hand Fingering
F G A Bb C D E F
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Left Hand Fingering
5 4 3 2 1 3 2 1
Fingerings for the F Major Arpeggio
The fingerings for the F major arpeggio includes the notes F, A and C only. As seen in the sheet music available to print below this paragraph the arpeggio fingerings are as follows:
F Major Arpeggio Right Hand Fingering:
F A C F C A F
1 2 3 5 3 2 1
F Major Arpeggio Left Hand Fingering:
5 4 2 1 2 4 5
F Major Scale and Arpeggio – Print Sheet Music Here
F Major Scale and Arpeggio – Listen Here
Flat Key Signatures in Music
Now access the free sheet music and teaching pages on more flat key signatures in music. Please follow the link and learn about the rest of the flat key signatures on the circle of fifths diagram. These include the B flat, E flat, A flat, D flat, G flat and C flat major scales.
Notice the G flat and C flat scales are at the very bottom of the circle. The C flat scale is located just below the F sharp scale because they are the same scales simply spelled differently.
F sharp and G flat are the same note spelled differently. This also applies to the F sharp major and G flat major scales.
The same rule applies to the B major and C flat major scales at the bottom of the circle. Because the B scale has 5 sharps and the C flat scale has 7 flats they really look quite different.
Simply play just the right hand of each scale you will see that you are playing the same notes for each scale.