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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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 ...
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What is the importance of practicing scales on piano, and the proper fingering of them?

First of all I want to point out that I practice scales a lot and even enjoy it. I just don't know why they are so important, as this site says for example: "Proper fingering of the scales on the ...
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Which fingering to use when playing the same piano key twice in a row?

I just started to learn piano, and I notice that practice sheet music for beginners sometimes specifies for all or some keys which fingers should hit them. It seems that some authors consistently ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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What is the best way to work on my fret hand finger independence?

As a beginner, I find my fingers going everywhere but the places I want them! This is especially true when I'm attempting scales/licks that use my 4th finger a lot or requires quick interchanging ...
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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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How do I finger the interleaved 3rds in Goldberg 23?

The bottom line is what I'm talking about. They're interleaved and I'm playing it on one piano (though it's written for two). I've been doing 2/3 in each hand, with the left hand over the right, ...
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Zedd - Spectrum arpeggio fingering help?

I am having real trouble working out the optimal fingering for an arpeggio in this piano piece: (Note that lower G should be on the right hand stave. The piece is 104 bpm) I have tried a few ...
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How do I finger these descending treble fifths?

From BWV 914, Toccata in E minor, Fuga: My Henle edition marks 5-1 for the first four pairs of fifths starting from F#, E, D, C#, but doesn't give fingerings for the next 6 pairs of fifths. What ...
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Fingerstyle guitar - how to play this arpeggio?

Too many notes, not enough fingers! How can I keep bass note while playing this arpeggio? ? shows the fret I cannot reach because I use index finger to play bass note. I have tried to barre index ...
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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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Piano fingering: B flat dominant 7th arpeggio

I am having trouble playing this arpeggio: B♭ - D - F - A♭ - B♭ - D... For the right hand I have tried this fingering: B♭ - D - F - A♭ - B♭ - D 2 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 1 But on the way down, I am ...
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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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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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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). ...
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Tips playing F barre chord

Any tips for a newbie in playing the F barre chord. I find it very hard to put my fingers in place. I've got a strat. I hear you can move it up and down the neck for other barre chords.
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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 ...
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how I must put my fingers for this tablature?

How should I play this bar? I'm having trouble figuring out the fingering so that I can play it easily (or as easily as possible, anyways).
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Finger landing order for D#m chord (and similar)

Which one is a faster finger landing order for this and similars chords: 4-3-2-1 or 3-4-2-1 (4 is a pinky finger). I play 3-4-2-1(somehow faster for me)
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What is the proper way to play this chord?

I have been playing for a while, but for some reason, I still can't play this 5th chord cleanly without that center note. Even with muting it just doesn't sound clean. Here's what I mean: ...
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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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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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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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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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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: ...
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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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Riders on the storm fingering for piano

I'm talking about this little run: I can't think of a proper fingering of this, so it sounds very smooth. Its basically in the Dmajor scale starting on b. Can anyone help me getting the ...
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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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Is it acceptable to play the same note simultaneously on different strings on cello?

For a piece I am performing with a local school orchestra, a final open A is to undergo an "insane" crescendo to a Fortissississimo, which our conductor interprets as "as loud as possible." A fellow ...
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What fingering should be used for a chromatic scale separated by thirds on piano?

I started learning Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor Op 16, and I came across a part of the music that requires my right hand to do the chromatic scale twice at the same time, separated by ...
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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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Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?

In this question, the OP asks about the problem of his wife's fingers being too short to cover the guitar's fretboard entirely. Similarly, my wife wants to start learning piano and her fingers are ...
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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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Short fat fingers

Any tips for someone with short fat fingers. I find trying to get my chords, I accidentally cover over other strings. Any tips?