B Major Scale it starts and ends with B. The relative minor of B Major is G# minor. Both of these keys have F#, C#, G#, D# and A#.
B Major Key Signature
Here’s the key signature for B Major – F#, C#, G#, D# and A#.
Notes in the Scale of B Major
When we play a scale, we usually start off with an ascending scale (the notes get higher), followed by descending scale (the notes get lower).
Ascending scale of B Major: B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#, B
Descending scale of B Major: B, A#, G#, F#, E, D#, C#, B
Degrees of the Scale
Degrees of the scale refers to the number we assign to each note of a scale. When we are assigning degrees of a scale, we look at the scale in ascending order. Here are the notes for the various degrees of the B Major scale:
1st degree: B
2nd degree: C#
3rd degree: D#
4th degree: E
5th degree: F#
6th degree: G#
7th degree: A#
Technical Names of Notes in B Major
Instead of using the degree of the scale, we can also use technical names of notes.
tonic – B
supertonic – C#
mediant – D#
subdominant – E
dominant – F#
submediant – G#
leading note – A#
Semitones and Tones
In all major scales, they follow this:
|Pairs of notes||Tone or semitone apart?|
|1st -> 2nd||tone|
|2nd -> 3rd||tone|
|3rd -> 4th||semitone|
|4th -> 5th||tone|
|5th -> 6th||tone|
|6th -> 7th||tone|
|7th -> 8th||semitone|
Most adjacent pairs of notes in the major scale are a tone apart, except for the 3rd to 4th note, and the 7th to the 8th note. This doesn’t apply just to B Major scale, but for ALL major scales. By knowing the distance between the notes in a Major scale, we can form any major scale even if we do not know its key signature.
In this case, the semitones are found here:
- From D# to E (3rd to 4th note)
- From A# to B (7th to 8th note)
B Major Scale on different clefs.
Here’s how the B Major scales look like in treble clef (without key signature). I’ve also included the fingerings:
Here’s how the B Major scales look like in bass clef (without key signature). I’ve also included the fingerings:
Here’s how the B Major scales look like in alto clef.
Here’s how the B Major scales look like in tenor clef (without key signature).
How to play the B Major scale on the piano
The fingerings for the right hand part of the B Major scale are:
B -1/5 (Use 5th finger for the highest note of the scale)
E – 1
F# – 2
A# – 4
The fingerings for the left hand part of the B Major scale are:
B -4/1 (Use the 4th finger for the lowest note, the rest should be played with the 1st finger or thumb)
F# – 4
A# – 2