The F Major Scale Notes
The F major scale is a higher pitch scale where there is only one flat note. The Bb note is the only flat note in the F major scale. The different notes are F – G – A – Bb – C – D – E – F as all other scales this scale starts with a Tonic F and ends with a higher octave of the same.
The different notes of the scale start with the tonic F and as the conventional system will say, the supertonic is the note above the tonic. The note above the tonic is G so G is the supertonic here.
After the supertonic, there is the mediant which is tone A in the E Minor Scale. The Subdominant, dominant, and submediant in this scale are Bb, C, D respectively. The note just before a tonic octave is the Leading tone, E is the leading note in this case.
The Major Scale Formula and F Major Scale
The F major scale also follows the major scale formula and thus, it has the following characteristics:
- First of all, the F major scale follows the WWHWWWH formula of a major scale, where the “W” refers to a whole step or a tone. The ‘H’ here refers to the half step or a semitone.
- There are 5 whole steps and a half step in this formula.
- The whole step means two half steps together. And one-half step means only one semitone.
- One whole step comes after skipping one-half step. Half steps or semitones come without skipping steps.
- Half steps are the little steps that are the smallest units when we consider a piano.
- The tone from F to G is a whole step. Similarly, the journey from C to D is a whole step.
- The half step is a small step from A to Bb.
Every major scale has a relative minor scale. The F major scale is no exception. F is the first note of the F major scale and this marks a difference between the relative minor and the scale. The relative minor has its first note as the D.
Playing the F major scale on Piano
- The scale F major is played by following the left-hand pattern as 54321321 and also the right-hand pattern as 12345345.
- In F major scale the different fingers are placed on different keys played.
- The numbers actually signify different fingers on the hand.
- The numbers 54321 are the pinky, ring finger, middle finger, the index finger, and the thumb respectively.
- This means on the left hand the keys FGABbC are played by the fingers pinky, ring finger, middle finger, index, and thumb.
- Then the DEF is played using the middle finger, index finger, and thumb.
- In the right hand, the fingers follow the pattern just opposite which means the thumb, index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinky are used to play F, G, A, Bb, and C.
- Then the middle finger, ring finger, and the pinky are used to play D, E, and F respectively.
The scales of the piano have a really interesting fact attached to it apart from being just a strand of notes or octave. Each note of the octave leads to a separate chord. Each chord is based on a note that is on the scale and another stack that has two notes. This version is called the triad chord. The triads follow the rule that it has in its beginning, a major, then two minors, again two majors and a minor. After these six the chord’s last is always diminished.
F Major Scale Chord
The rules follow the above and with each key in a triad chord, the seventh of major, minor or diminished are added. The chords look as follows:
- The chord begins with a major then the seventh of the same note.
- A G minor, then the seventh of the G minor note
- A minor and A minor seventh
- Bflat major and Bflat major seventh
- C major and C major Seventh
- D minor and D minor seventh
- E diminished and the E diminished seventh.
The four-note chords of the F major scale are as follows:
- An F major seventh that has four notes as F, A, C, and E.
- A G minor has four notes as G, Bb, D, and F.
- An ‘A’ minor seventh has four notes as, A, C, E, and G.
- A Bb major seventh consists of four notes as, Bb, D, F, and A.
- A-C major seventh has four notes in it too, C, E, G, and Bb.
- A D minor seventh has four notes as well, D, F, A, and C.
- Lastly, the E diminished seventh consists of four notes as, E, G, Bb, and D.
The F major chord piano is played with the help of the above instructions when all the four keys each are pressed at the same time. The variations of the scale octaves are played by moving keys one by one to the higher pitch, which is one tone above.