write your own scale fingering

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I have been busy making things! Sometimes I look through my website for material for my students, and I notice gaps or things I thought I posted but didn’t. That’s what happened as I was looking for the “write your own scale fingering” files.

Unfortunately, I don’t use the software that I originally used to make the files, so in order to remake them, I had to start all over. By this I mean really start all over, drawing white and black rectangles for the keyboards on a blank document. I know there are keyboard graphics and fonts to use, but I am picky and like to draw my own.

I also made some blank two octave keyboards to make whatever scale we need, such as one octave scales, natural minor, melodic minor, chromatic, whole tone, the blues scale, and modes. There is a line above each scale to write in the name. These are great for student composition. Some students like to make up their own scale. For a bonus, I made a plain grayscale version for teachers who do not use a color printer.

The idea behind the “write your own fingering” scales is that if students write in their own fingering they will understand the fingering better. Also, some teachers use different fingering than I do.

These are big files, so give them time to download. If they don’t print correctly, download the latest version of Adobe Reader, which is a free program. If you don’t want to print all of the scales, check out my tutorial in the FAQ to learn how to select pages to print. 

As usual, if you see a mistake please let me know, and I’ll fix it right away!

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11 thoughts to “Write Your Own Scale Fingering

  • Carroll McCarthy

    Susan,

    I am having the same problem as Marci.

    Love all the work you do.

    • Susan Paradis

      Carroll,

      Please download the latest version of Adobe Reader.

  • Louise

    Love your blog! Thanks for taking the time to deliver a fantastic resource for helping us parents with getting the best out of children and the piano 🙂 Thanks Susan

  • Sara Rigby

    Thank you for all the wonderful resources. I look at your web page all the time . My pupils love the games and resources and are coming on in great strides.
    Sara. Oxford. UK

  • Dee Deee Gibson

    Love this! One thing though… I was wondering if the color version of the generic 2 octave scale page could either include a blank circle on the black keys, or have them grey instead of black so a written number would show. My students can write above the black keys, but on them would be better. Any chance?

    • Susan Paradis

      You know what, I made that with the black keys gray. I have no idea how I accidentally mixed up the files. You can see on the graphic I made that I made the black keys gray on both the color and B&W document.I have the original, so I will just go back and fix it now. I’m very sorry, but so glad you told me. I think I accidentally picked the wrong file when I made the PDF. It can really get confusing!

      • Dee Deee Gibson

        Thank you so very much. I can’t imagine the hours you must put into developing your resources. They are so thoughtfully constructed. They make learning such fun for my students and it excites me to have new ideas to offer them. I really appreciate your genuine concern for the teachers who use and love your materials. You are a gift and your work touches many, many lives. Have a lovely week/end:-)

  • Bee

    Thanks so much for these, Susan. They are brilliant! All your hard work is very much appreciated.

    • Susan Paradis

      Thank you, Brenda. It’s nice to know that others can use the things I make, too. I am on a mission to keep piano music going into the future, and to keep students enjoying learning music.

  • Susan Paradis

    I’m so sorry you are having trouble.

    I checked with people using both Mac and Windows computers, and they told me they opened fine, so I think you will have to use the latest version of Adobe Reader. Please let me know if that helps.

  • Marci Pittman

    Hi Susan:
    I LOVE your piano teacher resources and have used them for years. As I went to download the scales from your blog, I got this error message each time I tried – Format Error: Not a PDF or corrupted. This NEVER happens to me but something is funny here. Just wanted to let you know. I’ll try again later.

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