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What would be the generally recommended fingering for the following left hand figure?

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(5-2-1-3-2-3-1-2 works nicely starting on a white key, but not so much on a black key.)

Thanks!

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  • (Hehehe. Your username has me thinking about the raised eyebrow on "haiduc" in "Dragostea din tei.") Apr 8 at 15:26
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    It would be useful to see the accompanying r.h. clef along with the preceding and following bars - what comes before and after may mean changing the first and last notes' fingerings.
    – Tim
    Apr 8 at 16:02
  • (You're right, Andy - I actually took it from Dragostea din tei ;)
    – haiduc
    Apr 9 at 13:24
  • Good points, Tim. This is not from a finished piece of music but rather a pattern that I want to use for improvisation, so applications will vary.
    – haiduc
    Apr 9 at 13:28

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I would use 5-2-1-2-1-2-1-2, but I might also experiment with 5-1-3-2-1-2-3-1. The choice would depend on 1) speed; 2) pedaling; 3) articulation; 4) what the right hand is doing at the time.

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  • Thanks Aaron for your reply. Both options make sense. Right now I'm thinking of using it in a ballad/nocturne setting, i.e. moderate tempo with a slow legato melody in the right hand and quite a bit of pedaling.
    – haiduc
    Apr 9 at 13:33
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Another possibility is 5-2-1-3-2-3-1-2, which allows the hand to move less... which could be relevant, depending on phrasing. That is, for some people having the 3 and 2 cross over is easier than moving the hand to let the thumb get the top note in this pattern.

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  • Great point. Yes, folding the hand and using the thumb as a pivot feels more natural to me. But that may be because I've practiced that motion more. I will experiment with both.
    – haiduc
    Apr 9 at 13:38

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