I stumbled upon a quite difficult triad. According to the video I saw, the fingering used is 1 2 5, but the way I have to position my hand is very unnatural, and it is really hard to play this correctly. How do I get the hang of notes that need a weird hand position, not just in this piece but any other?

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  • How big are your hands? If your right hand can span an octave, then the resulting right hand position doesn't seem that unnatural to me. Also, try playing them in a more detached manner--i.e. rocking your hand back and forth between the highest and lowest notes instead of spanning the interval all the time.
    – Dekkadeci
    Feb 17, 2018 at 18:30
  • I can reach an octave + 1 note
    – Zektor
    Feb 17, 2018 at 18:36
  • That sounds just like my hands.
    – Dekkadeci
    Feb 17, 2018 at 18:44

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The important thing for fast notes with 1 (thumb) one a black key is to move your hand in-between the black keys*. It will take a bit of practice hitting the white keys there, but it's really efficient.

I would play the bars you show using solely 1, 2, 5. The interval D--Bb' can be somewhat largish for 2--5 fingering, but some practice should do; given you can play 9ths, your hand should manage.

One more trick is to move your whole body a bit to the left. This gives your forearm and elbow a bit more free movement, and in turn eases the position of the wrist.

*) I hope you've got a real hammer piano, or if it's a keyboard, at least one with good mechanics. It's very difficult to play between the black keys on poor keyboards.

  • That's exactly my problem. I have a digital piano with both weighted keys and hammer action. And because I have difficulties playing the white notes by hitting them from "top" (because they are heavier there), I tried to position my hand so I hit them from "bottom". Can you reccomend me any practice to improve?
    – Zektor
    Feb 20, 2018 at 7:39
  • @Zektor Trust me that hammer action is easier to play between the keys than keyboard's muddy action. As for some exercises, you can try repeated notes: play the same bars as a a d d bb bb a a d d bb bb a a d d bb bb a a d d bb bb gg bb dd ..., that's one thing that could help. But in general, it's practice, practice and practice.
    – yo'
    Feb 20, 2018 at 8:40

This passage lies comfortably for the hand. I suspect that either your hand hasn't finished growing or you have a small span. Either way, you can roll your hand slightly in order to reach all the notes. You should avoid having an unnatural or weird hand position.

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