Blues scale fingerings for piano

The blues scale is a staple of jazz musicians the world over, but I realised while teaching a student of mine the other day that I have never worked out a thorough system of fingerings for the blues scale in all the keys.

Of course there are no right and wrong fingerings, and some will work better for some people than others, but here’s what I came up with for the right hand (based on the rationale that thumbs should try to go on white notes, 123123 was preferable to 123412 and based on comfortable hand shape)

Blues scale (root, m3rd, 4th, b5th, 5th, 7th) Suggested fingering
 C:  1 2 3 4 1 2 (thumbs on C and G)
 D:  2 1 2 3 4 1 (thumbs on F and C)
 Eb:  1 2 3 1 2 3 (thumbs on Eb and A)
 E:  2 1 2 3 1 2 (thumbs on G and B)
 F:  1 2 3 1 2 3 (thumbs on F and B)
 F#:  2 1 2 3 4 1 (thumbs on A and E)
 G:  1 2 3 4 1 2 (thumbs on G and D)
 Ab:  1 2 3 1 2 3 (thumbs on Ab and D)
 A:  2 1 2 3 4 1 (thumbs on C and E)
 Bb:  1 2 3 1 2 3 (thumbs on Bb and E)
 B:  1 2 3 1 2 3 (thumbs on B and F)
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