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Minor blues scales fingerings

Can somebody explain why Ab minor scale starts with 412? I would start with 414. Then the whole scale would be faster because of less space to shift fingers. Am I wrong?

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I play it 1 2 3 1 2 3 4. Nothing wrong with thumb on a black key if it doesn't twist your hand to get to or from it. That is one way to play it quickly and smoothly.

With fingerng, there is hardly a 'right or wrong' way. Whatever suits a player is his 'right' way. The point of scales is merely to impress on the mind the notes used in a particular key - or to perform for an exam - or to do for a warm-up. But using part of that scale in a piece, chances are you wouldn't use the same fingering as you do for the full scale anyway, as you'd be going somewhere else after several notes, which may well require a fingering change.

EDIT: in answer to the actual question, the thought behind it is that by the time you get to the second/third octave, the 4 on A♭ is part of the pattern, so let's start with it. let's face it, at the end of one octave, it's all that's left - with that fingering!

And, looking at some other fingerings, I don't agree they are the best. Just because it's on the internet doesn't make it credible...

  • Would you use 123123 1 if you play it in more octaves? – prako2 Jun 14 at 6:46
  • Personally, I probably wouldn't play motre than one octave! There's no need, unless it's for an exam! But, if pushed, yes, that's my option. I also prefer it to be called b5 rather than #4. It sort of fits better for blues, whereas, #4 is preferrable for jazz. Don't ask why! – Tim Jun 14 at 6:52
  • So why nobody plays C# major scale 123 123 123 123 123? Everyone starts from 2, is it better? – prako2 Jun 14 at 8:23
  • Or even 1234 1234 1234 123? – prako2 Jun 14 at 8:24
  • C# major - 231 23412 makes more sense. It makes sense to play white keys using thumb when available. – Tim Jun 14 at 8:46
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There is not really a right and wrong here.

Does your fingering work for you? If it does then use it. It might not work for everyone but that's okay, they can use an alternative that suits them.

Hope that helps.

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Blues scales are tricky when played straight up or down through octaves...this gets more complicated when taking into account the starting note..One often assumes the root as the starting note. I find that you can navigate them all using 1234 over and over or 123 over and over, or some combination of those two maybe with a different starting finger.

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