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Scales

The ultimate reference for any scale, arpeggio or broken chord you will ever need for ABRSM / Trinity Grades 1-8

Please note, scales unique to just one particular grade are shown at the bottom of the page.

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Major Scales

Harmonic Minor Scales


Melodic Minor Scales

C major 


Minor Arpeggios

C minor
G minor
D minor
A minor
E minor
B minor
F♯ minor
C♯ minor
G♯ minor
E♭ minor
B♭ minor
F minor


Contrary Motion Scales


C major contrary motion
G major contrary motion 
D major contrary motion
A major contrary motion
E major contrary motion
B major contrary motion
F sharp major contrary motion 
D flat major contrary motion 
Ab major contrary motion
E flat major contrary motion
B flat major contrary motion
F major contrary motion
C minor contrary motion
G minor contrary motion
D minor contrary motion
A minor contrary motion
E minor contrary motion
B minor contrary motion 
F sharp minor contrary motion 
C sharp minor contrary motion 
G# minor contrary motion 
E flat minor contrary motion 
B flat minor contrary motion
F minor contrary motion


Chromatic Scales

Chromatic on D (separate hands one octave for Grade 2)
Generic chromatic (ABRSM suggested fingering)
Generic Chromatic (with alternative fingering for smoother performance)

Scales in Thirds

Dominant 7ths


1st inversion arpeggios


Grade 1 Miscellaneous

Contrary motions and Broken Chords Unique to Grade 1 but NOT listed above.

C major contrary motion 
(just one octave - the above example is two octaves)
C major broken chord 
G major broken chord 
F major broken chord 
A minor broken chord 
D minor broken chord

Grade 2 Miscellaneous

Broken Chords Unique to Grade 2 but NOT listed above.

F major broken chord
E minor broken chord


Grade 5 Miscellaneous

Scales Unique to Grade 5 but NOT listed above.


For ABRSM
Contrary motion chromatic on D
Contrary motion chromatic on A flat (also Grade 4 Trinity College)

For Trinity College
Contrary motion chromatic starting on C and E


Grade 6 Miscellaneous

Scales Unique to Grade 6 but NOT listed above

For ABRSM
C major staccato in 3rds
Chromatic - contrary motion on A# LH/ C# RH


For Trinity College
C major scale in 3rds RH one octave
C major scale in 3rds LH one octave


Grade 7 Miscellaneous

Scales and Arpeggios Unique to Grade 7 but NOT listed above

For ABRSM.
C major legato 3rd - hands separately
C major staccato 6ths - hands separately

Contrary motion chromatic on C
Contrary motion chromatic on F#

For Trinity College
E major scale in 3rds RH
E major scale in 3rds LH
E major arpeggio in contrary motion

Grade 8 Miscellaneous

Scales Unique to Grade 8 but NOT listed above.


For ABRSM
C major in 6ths
Db major in 6ths
D major in 6ths
Eb major in 6ths
F major in 6ths
F# major in 6ths
Ab major in 6ths
B major in 6ths
C minor in 6ths
C# minor in 6ths
D minor in 6ths
Eb minor in 6ths
F minor in 6ths
F# minor in 6ths
G# minor in 6ths
B minor in 6ths

C major legato / double thirds
Bb major legato / double thirds
Chromatic legato / double thirds on A#/C#
Whole tone scale on E

For Trinity College 

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