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I am practicing Schumann's Melody (Opus 68, No.1), screenshot is of measure 15. enter image description here And find my left hand fingering to be very awkward enter image description here

Normally the fingers would be more curled and thumb more centered, but my elbow is jammed against my left ribs. I am sitting in a regular chair as opposed to a standard piano bench, should I be shifting my body to the right when playing this particular measure, and shifting left when playing the lower notes? I would guess I need a different seat if so?

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    Another option: 4 1 4 1 4 1 5 – Richard Jan 18 '18 at 13:19
  • Many thanks @vortexYT and richard, 4141415 does indeed make sense to me. – Terry Kim Jan 18 '18 at 13:58
  • I would guess that you're seated too close to the keyboard. A stretch like this shouldn't cause your elbow to jam into your ribs. – MattPutnam Jan 18 '18 at 16:35
  • @TerryKim, what's the largest interval you can hold down with your left hand? Also, how far back are you sitting from the piano? I find it unusual that your elbow would ever be jammed into your ribs while playing the piano. – Dekkadeci Jan 18 '18 at 18:53
  • I'll try sitting further from the keyboard. The keyboard is slightly higher than the upright piano I'm using, that may have some bearing as well as the distance to the instrument itself. – Terry Kim Jan 19 '18 at 12:08
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Well, you don't always have to follow the fingering. The most important thing is: "Is it comfortable for me to use these fingerings?" "Is it easier to do it another way?"

The printed fingerings are not always the best.

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