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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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-- ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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How would you finger this Cmaj9 chord?

In this video, I'm having trouble with a particular chord. The first chord is here: e|-3-| 3 B|-3-| 3 G|-4-| 4 Fingers D|-2-| 1 A|-3-| 2 E|---| The G on top is giving me particular trouble. ...
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How are fingerings on ornamented notes to be interpreted?

Do fingerings refer to the "main" note or the first note of the ornament realization? Suppose I have a trilled B over which the editor has put a 3. Does it mean that I play it 3-2, the C with the 3 ...
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Figuring the Classical Fingering from Sheet Music

Given a sheet of music, how does one determine the correct fingering (p i m a) for Guitar? that is, when the fingering is not explicitly mentioned? I know that strings (E a d) are typically plucked ...
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Mozart K545, what is the correct fingering for the left-hand runs starting measure 50?

Or maybe even broader, how do you choose fingerings for any given passage, especially with extended runs? I taught myself piano, so I don't know if there are any hard-and-fast techniques. If I try to ...
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Will learning guitar tabs help me improve at learning other tabs/playing melodies?

I want to know if by learning a song from a tab I'll somehow get better at learning a different song. I have this feeling that by learning a song from a tab I'll only succeed at learning that one ...
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6th string root dominant 7th barre chord voicing

When I first started playing guitar quite a while back, I bought the Chords and Voicings Guitar Grimoire, and promptly put it on a shelf when I realized I had a lot more to learn then just chord ...
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How can the ukulele D7 chord have different fingerings with different sounds?

Just learning the ukulele, and trying the D7 chord. I'm confused because there seems to be two accepted fingerings for the D7: a barre on the second fret and a single finger on the first string of the ...
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What does the arc under fingerings mean?

What does the arc under fingerings mean as seen in these two pictures? It seems like first image, the arc means to transition fingerings from thumb (left hand) to second finger, but on the second ...
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Why should I alternate fingers in this piece?

I very recently started learning classical guitar and I have some questions. I am trying to play following piece: In the second-to-last measure of the second row, my fingers on the strings ...
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Left hand thumb position for ukulele

Some people place the thumb behind the neck (more freedom for fingers) some let the neck fall deep between the thumb and index finger, and the thumb is visible above the fretboard Which ...
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How to convert notes to finger position on a guitar?

I am playing guitar for around one and a half year now, and am already able to play the most chords (except some extremely strange chords). Now I wanted to practice a bit of classical guitar on my ...
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Is there a standard notation for piano fingering?

Ofcourse there is the notation 1 2 3 4 5 for each finger. But are there other (quasi-)standard symbols for indicating, for example, hand movements, stretching the hand, putting the thumb under, etc.? ...
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Where should my thumb be gripping when playing A shape barre-chords?

I've been reading about thumb aches while playing barre-chords, and apparently my thumb applies too much pressure, which is bad. Anyway, I kind of figured out how to relax my thumb and my hand. But ...
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Bartok - Mikrokosmos - Book 1 - 10 “With alternate hands”: Thumb on a black key?

I have a question about the 10th exercise in Bartok's Mikrokosmos book 1 ("With alternate hands"): In the key signature the A's are indicated to be played flat. The left hand starts with it's fifth ...
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Left hand Finger Technique

Say, I want to play note G on 1st string 3rd Fret ,i would play as below ( With my Index,Middle and Pinky close to the Fret and not as far away as shown in the pic) But, while tuning my Guitar i ...
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What are the limitations for a guitarist with arthritis in his hands?

I have found that arthritis (or general hand problems/pains) is very common and a big problem among guitar players. I am currently suffering from osteoarthritis, more seriously in my left hand and I ...
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Alternative treatment for Intention tremors in my left pinky and ring finger

I'm a guitarist, and have been playing well over 40 years. I'm going on 61 FYI. Over the course of the last 15 years or so, I've begun to have what are apparently called "intention tremors", just in ...
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Μy little finger is too weak to play guitar

I am learning guitar, but my little finger is too weak to play. For example, if I play a chromatic scale in first position and my first three fingers are in the right place, it feels extremely hard to ...
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Fingering Advice for Bach Invention 13

I was hoping to get some feedback about my choice of fingering shown in the picture below.
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Essential strumming patterns/techniques? and the theory behind it? [duplicate]

I used to play silly led zeppelin and velvet underground covers. i knew all the vu strumming just because i knew the records by heart. i've started to get more into classic folk and country and nick ...
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Playing guitar with webbed fingers

I've just got myself an acoustic guitar and I'm struggling with holding down chord shapes. I have webbed 2nd and 3rd fingers on my fretting (left) hand. This causes those fingers to follow each ...
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Playing the Ukulele besides singing

I love the ukulele, and I just bought one. The problem is I cannot sing, and I don't really want to. It seems as though there are not a lot fingerpicking songs and most songs just have the chords. ...
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Finger hitting multiple keys

I have been playing piano for 5 months now and I have a problem where my fingers seem to land on multiple keys at once. This is really annoying and causes the music the sound as if I'm playing with my ...
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Violin Sheet music - Finger 0 on non-open string note

I'm battling to understand the indicated fingering on one of the pieces of music I have for my Violin Grade 6 exam. As indicated below, the finger notation suggests that I need to play an open string ...
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Beginner finger lessons for virtual piano

I found the site VIRTUALPIANO NET and would like to learn how to play the virtual piano(VP) using it since I cant afford an actual piano. I decided to start with finger training in the C major scale ...
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Fingerings for a piano riff

I can't find the suitable fingerings for a riff , It is a riff on the pentatonic minor scale: 1 3 4 | 3 4 5 | 4 5 7 | 5 7 1 | 7 1 3 | 1 3 4| I know that it matters which key so let's say A minor key ...
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Guitar arpeggios and finger practice

I've been playing my acoustic guitar for three years now and I have been told that I play good. I composed a few instrumentals and they have been quite appreciated. But its not good enough. I can play ...
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Piano scale and arpeggio fingering technique: Thumb Under vs Thumb Over methods

Let's first define the methods: Thumb Under (TU): the thumb is brought under the hand in order to pass the 3rd or 4th finger for playing the scale. The thumb has movement up and down (to play the ...
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Keeping fingers close to frets when playing barre chords

The problem I am faced with while playing a barre chord is that the finger i use to make the chord behind the finger that's barring has to be place very far from the fret so the sound it makes is ...
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Right-hand fingering for D7/F♯

I’m learning piano (for now) via self-study with Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course. The lesson on right-hand fingering for D7/F♯ recommends using 1–4–5 to play F♯–C–D. As I mention in another ...
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Piano Fingering 3 octaves

I'm learning a new song and in one part the left hand has to span and I am not sure how to finger them. Can anyone help? Ascending: C G C D Eb G C D Eb G C D Eb Descending:Same ...
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What is the correct fingering for this sequence of notes?

Please forgive the fact that I have no software with which to produce musical notation. Fortunately the sequence of notes I need the fingering for is quite simple. The sequence is: G3 A B D E G4 A B ...
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Problem with fingering

I have no idea why I am like the only one having such problems. My fingers always unwantedly muted the adjacent string to the strings I was playing. Even if it wasn't completely muted, the sound it ...
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Bass guitar shifting vs pinky emphasis

I'm learning to play the bass guitar and I've come across a lot of phrases that span 4 frets (call them 1,2,3,4) where notes on 2 and 4 are emphasized. I've played these using two methods and have ...