F Sharp Major Scale

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In this lesson, we learn how to play the F sharp major scale. This scale consists of the pitches  F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, and E♯. Its key signature as 6 sharps. The relative minor of F sharp major is D sharp minor.

F sharp is the enharmonic equivalent of Gb. The G flat major scale makes use of the same keys on the piano and sounds the same as the F# major scale. The difference is the names of the notes. The notes of the G flat major scale are G♭, A♭, B♭, C♭, D♭, E♭, and F.

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F sharp Major Scale Intervals

  1. Tonic – The 1st note of the F-sharp major scale is F#.
  2. Major 2nd – The 2nd note of the scale is G#.
  3. Major 3rd – The 3rd note of the scale is A#.
  4. Perfect 4th – The 4th note of the scale is B.
  5. Perfect 5th – The 5th note of the scale is C#.
  6. Major 6th – The 6th note of the scale is D#.
  7. Major 7th – The 7th note is E#.
  8. Perfect 8th – The 8th note is F#.

F Sharp Major Scale Diagrams

Here’s a diagram of the F# major scale on the treble clef.F sharp major scale on the treble clef.

Here’s a diagram of the F# major scale on the bass clef.F sharp major scale on the bass clef.

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Here’s the F# major scale on piano.F sharp major scale on piano.

Scale Degrees:

  1. F# is the tonic of the F-sharp major scale.
  2. G# is the supertonic of the F-sharp major scale.
  3. A# is the mediant of the scale.
  4. B is the subdominant of the scale.
  5. C# is the dominant of the scale.
  6. D# is the submediant of the scale.
  7. E# is the leading tone of the scale.
  8. F# is the octave of the scale.

Major scales are formed by combining whole step and half step intervals. They are based on the formula W-W-H-W-W-W-H. “W” stands for whole step, and “H” stands for half step. To count up a whole step (whole tone), count up by two physical piano keys, either white or black. To count up a half step (semitone), count up from the last note up by one physical piano key, either white or black.

Using this formula, let’s form an F sharp major scale. Our starting note is F#. From F#, move up a whole step to G#. From G#, go up one whole step to A#. Next, we move up a half step from A# to B. Next, we go up one whole step from B to C#. From C#, we move up a whole step to D#. Next, we move up one whole step from D# to E#. Finally, we move up a half step from E# to F#.

F Sharp/G Flat Major Scale Piano Fingering:

  • Notes: G♭, A♭, B♭, C♭, D♭, E♭, F, G♭
  • Notes: F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, E♯, F♯
  • Fingerings (Left Hand): 4, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1, 4
  • Fingerings (Right Hand): 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 1, 2

The finger numbers are as follows: Thumb: 1, index finger: 2, middle finger: 3, ring finger: 4, pinky (little) finger: 5.

Triad Chords in the Key of F Sharp Major

Now that we know the notes of the F sharp major scale, let’s learn the triad chords in this scale/key and their notes.

  1. Chord I – F sharp major (notes: F# – A# – C#)
  2. Chord ii – G sharp minor (notes: G# – B – D#)
  3. Chord iii – A sharp minor (notes: A# – C# – E#)
  4. Chord IV – B major (notes: B – D# – F#)
  5. Chord V – C sharp major (notes: C# – E# – G#)
  6. Chord vi – D sharp minor (notes: D# – F# – A#)
  7. Chord vii – E sharp diminished (notes: E# – G# – B)

Learn more about the chords in the key of F sharp major here.

Modes of the F# major scale:

  • Ionian/Major Scale: F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, E♯, F♯
  • Dorian:  G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, E♯, F♯, G♯
  • Phrygian: A♯, B, C♯, D♯, E♯, F♯, G♯, A♯
  • Lydian: B, C♯, D♯, E♯, F♯, G♯, A♯, B
  • Mixolydian: C♯, D♯, E♯, F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯
  • Aeolian/Natural minor scale:  D♯, E♯, F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯
  • Locrian: E♯, F♯, G♯, A♯, B, C♯, D♯, E♯

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