Choosing which finger(s) to use to press a key (of a keyboard) or to stop a string, or the set of fingers to use to produce a particular note or chord.

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Diminished Scale Piano Fingering

I'm going to start practicing diminished scales on the piano, but don't want to ingrain incorrect fingerings into my muscle memory. I've found major and minor scales to have pretty standard fingerings ...
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Jazz chords: left hand fingerings

I'm an amateur guitarist, I like jazz and I decided to try to learn the basics from the beginning (self-teaching at the moment). I started reading Mickey Backer's "Complete Course in Jazz Guitar" ...
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Effective Finger Sequence

When I started learning three note per string diminished sequences I noticed at first that it was significantly easier and more comfortable to play the notes using index-ring-pinky(1,3,4) rather than ...
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Why are the upper register C# and C-natural not the same as the lower register?

I'm beginning to learn flute, and having now looked at several fingering charts, I've noticed that none of the show a possible upper register C and C# as being the same as they are in the low register....
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Determining fingering for complex arpeggiations

I've been drafting some composition work and created some arpeggiations in the LH to accompany the RH, but I don't want to start guessing the fingering, ironing in bad habits before asking about it, ...
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Fingering for fast playing notes on the same fret, but different string

Sorry, I couldn't think of a more precise title. In some songs I encounter parts where I play two single notes on the same fret but, for example, 12th fret on the b and e string in fast progression. ...
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Why are my fingers suddenly sluggish?

I had a late night last night. I had played my violin several times during the day, and had no problems. Today, I woke up late (as is to be expected after getting to bed at 12:30) and had a slow start....
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What fingering to use for Ornithology on piano?

I'm trying to play ornithology on piano and was wondering what fingering would be best for the first line. Whatever I try seems uncomfortable... Thanks!
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How to finger a piano piece? [closed]

In many piano practice worksheets, they write fingers for notes. However, different exercise uses different fingering. Sometimes, the same piece also has different fingerings. Now given a random ...
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Please explain hand rotation in playing the piano

What exactly is it? When would you use it? Some training tips on correctly using it.
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Ring finger stability when playing barred A chord on Guitar

I have been playing the following bar chord quite a bit and I am noticing that my ring finger is losing stability and getting weaker and might be damaging to my ring finger in the long run. I ...
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Playing arpeggio on black notes with white note third

I cannot figure out how I should play the left-hand arpeggio in beats 3-4 of this bar: (Nuvole bianche Bar 54) Currently I use this fingering for the first arpeggio: But I have no idea how to ...
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How to play the piano using less than ten fingers

In my younger days learning how to play the piano (unfortunately I was never one for spending too much time practising), whenever I struggled to move my hands along the keyboard or had trouble ...
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Chopin 2nd sonata 1st mvt: left hand fingering

Being a pretty experienced player, I admit I still wonder what fingering you can use for left hand for measures 17-22 ? For example, when making the huge transition A-F-A at measure 17-18, would you ...
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What is good fingering for these piano note sequence?

The notes are played with the left hand in the base clef. My current fingering is: (5,1)-5-2-1-2-1 The octave jump feels strange not matter what fingers I use. I'd appreciate the help. If the ...
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English Horn correcting flat G-Flat

I just began playing the English Horn after playing oboe for the past 6 years. I have found that most of the notes are in tune, or close enough that I can correct with embouchure. The main exception ...
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Fingering convention

Apologies for the ambiguous title. In my sheet music the fingering number is either below or above the note - is this supposed to indicate which hand to play it with? i.e. above the note for right ...
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Fingering for some arpeggios on piano (Final Fantasy prelude)

So I came across this video and decided to learn this arrangement to improve my technique (of course not as fast as in the video). I'm not too sure what the best fingering is (for the left hand) ...
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Well Tempered Clavier Prelude in C minor fingering

How should I finger bars 11 and 12? I have the Henle book and they recommend 5 4 for the first two notes of both bars. This makes sense when considering bars 10 and 13, but I find it very difficult, ...
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Playing a C major scale in thirds using both hands

I recently bought a book recommended by my piano teacher about thirds (or called "terser" in Swedish) and I was a bit confused as I saw the thirds on the C Major scale (shown below). ~Högra = Right /...
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Should I sing do re mi when playing piano?

When I play piano on simple sheet, I can't help singing do re mi fa with the keys in my mind. But than I meet the barrier that I don't know how to sing higher keys So should I even sing anything in ...
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Alternative to Cooke's Piano Fingerings for F# Major Arpeggios

I've been using Cooke's piano fingering for F# major scales and arpeggios. Playing in F# major arpeggios seems really tough. I've tried alternate fingerings from Cooke's, but nothing seemed to "fit" ...
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How to automatically create guitar chord diagrams for site? [closed]

I have a site where i talk a lot about guitar chords (theory, fingering, etc.). I'd like the ability for visitors to mouse over a chord and see the fingering (maybe even hear the correct notes too). ...
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Recommended fingering for Hometown Glory

Ironically, I find the intro to Adele's Hometown Glory easier to play than the main song; what sounds like a standard 'indie' vamp is deceptively difficult for me (reminds me a Carl Czerny study), and ...
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Is my fingering correct for F major scale?

I just started taking piano lessons. In the first class, I was taught about the different scales (C through B). But I was instructed to use the same fingering for all the scales (major and minor). RH:...
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Crossing fourth over fifth finger

I am not sure what the most convenient fingering is for the first three notes (D-E-A) in the above measure. The shown fingering (5-4-5) is the only one I have found that makes the legato on top ...
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Non-playing fingers on piano– where should they rest?

When practising, I constantly reshape my non-playing fingers in the key/scale of the song I am learning. Is this okay, or should I position them in the place which is most comfortable? The latter ...
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Song recommendations for a self-taught pianist

So as you could see from the title, I learn the piano by myself? Why? A teacher is much more effective, right? Well, that is true, however; I do not have the money for a teacher, and this way, it is ...
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Two finger vs Three finger Power chords on guitar

What are the pros and cons of the two finger and three finger power chords on guitar? Is one faster? What I think I know is that the three finger power chords are more pronounced and powerful than the ...
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Piano: Beginner fingering question

Getting back to the piano after a thirty year hiatus... I have a question about the left hand fingering in the first bar here: I'm generally at a loss on the best way to go about it. I start with ...
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How to best play this Los Lonely Boys run?

I'm trying to perfect the run at the end of the solo of "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys which occurs at about 2:13. I think this is how the left hand is played: E|----------------------------------------...
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Which finger should I use for the fourth valve of a piccolo trumpet?

I am kind of a beginner (and a self-learner) on the piccolo trumpet. I have seen people playing the instrument's fourth valve with their right hand little finger, and others with their left hand index....
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Daughter tends to raise index and middle finger whenever she plays the remaining fingers on piano

My daughter tends to automatically raise her index and sometimes middle finger whenever she plays the ring or pinky on the piano. It's almost like she is trying to use it to balance her hand/fingers. ...
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What is the fingering for the measure (or bar) 65 of this version of Memories of Lightwaves?

I have been working on this song and I've got to a point where I am stuck. On the beginning of measure (bar) 65 on the treble clef there are two notes that are super far apart. Someone can point out ...
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Is using your thumb for jazz barre chords 'bad technique'?

When I play barre chords using jazz voicings such as in the following chord chart: I often wrap my thumb around the neck to fret the E string. I prefer this, rather than using my first finger, as ...
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Should i keep my pinkie stretched while i play this part of tahitian sunset on piano?

I'm learning "Tahitian Sunset" by Martha Mier, but i'm not sure how to play this part: To be more specific, i don't understand the G on the upper part. Should i keep my pinkie on the G for all the ...
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play melody with perfect fourths on guitar

I am beginner guitar player and I am not sure how should I play melodies with perfect fourths without gaps and ugly pauses. For example: |------------ |------------ |------------ |-------5-7-- |-5-8-...
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Is it okay to play a note on 4th fret with ring finger?

I've learned from the beginner tutorials that the first 4 frets are allocated to point, middle, ring and little fingers respectively. But recently, in a guitar lesson for a song, I've seen the guy ...
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What's the correct fingering for a three string power chord on guitar?

Should you "barre" fingers 1 and 3, so 1 covers the lowest pitch note and 3 covers the higher 2, or should you use 1, 3, and 4 to play them?
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How important is the 4th finger fingering in Chopin's Butterfly Etude

Chopin's Etude Op 25 No 9, (Butterfly) uses the 4th finger of the right hand when playing octaves in many places. This makes perfect sense when there is no pedal indicated. But, in those parts where ...
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What would be the proper fingering for these 2 small parts?

I am learning piano by myself, and I have some questions now. I have asked a few friends of mine, but I am getting different answers. So my question is what would be the proper fingering for these 2 ...
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Fingerings for root-position Seventh Chords on Piano

I'm aware that there are a multitude of ways to voice a chord - some chord tones can be omitted and other tones can be added, and one does not need to stack in 3rds (although I'm not sure of how to ...
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How common is the little finger to fret strings in (blues) electric guitar? Why does SRV never use his little finger?

I was watching this (mindblowingly awesome) SRV video and I noticed that the guy never uses his little finger: I wonder if it's his habit or it is a legit technique ...
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Fingering for piano run

I'm looking for some help with a run I'm trying in C(chord progression is d7, ddim, Cmaj7), and the run is: (G,G#,A,C,E,G),(E,F,A,C,E,G) then it goes down. The run is based of the run from this ...
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How deep should the fingers sit when pressing piano keys?

When pressing piano keys, how deep should the fingertips sit? Well between the black keys (if I'm playing the white ones), or closer to edge of the key? I have seen both practices on videos, ...
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Fingerings for minor and major blues scales

It's my understanding that for the diatonic scales, there's a consensus of which fingerings are optimal for most people. They are not a hard rule, some pianists use other fingerings, but they are ...
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Software to analyse music for playability

Is there any software that can analyse instrumental parts for playability? I want to compose orchestral music, I know the ranges of the individual instruments, but do not know if what I compose is ...
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Is there a more precise way to play F natural on a D pennywhistle?

I am using a pennywhistle in the key of D major. I was wondering if there is an easy way to make the F# (the third hole from the end) an F natural (between the third and second holes from the end). I ...
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Pedaling in Satie's Gymnopedie #1

I'm an adult piano novice learning Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1. The edition I'm working with has no pedal markings. You can see the score here: http://javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/3/38/...
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Piano: Finger substitution vs spreading hand for different intervals

For the measures shown in the picture, I am able to reach the notes if I spread my hand but I'm not sure if this is good practice. I tried also to use finger substitution but I can make it work only ...