I am trying to learn to finger 'March in f' by Daniel Turk, but it's driving me nuts how to do it.

It's in 'Essential piano repertoire', selected and edited by Keith Snell (preparatory level, page 7). Any tips would be helpful and nice.


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    You are going to have to be more specific. What specific problems are you having? Read about How to Ask a good question.
    – ex nihilo
    Apr 16 '18 at 15:37
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    If you have questions about the fingering in a specific part of that piece (e.g. a certain bar), you could upload an image of that sequence. (or maybe write out the which notes to play in each hand)
    – Arsak
    Apr 16 '18 at 15:47
  • but that is a copy write issue though Apr 16 '18 at 15:53
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    Well, nobody can help if they can't see the music. But this isn't a copyright issue anyway, since showing a fragment of the music for learning purposes should fall under fair use. You still need to be more specific. "It's driving me nuts how to do it": then you must have tried some things and particular things are not working. What?
    – ex nihilo
    Apr 16 '18 at 16:01
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    I see in the image that someone has written finger numbers above the notes. When you try to use those finger numbers to play the piece, what goes wrong? It seems to me that using those fingers should make it fairly easy to play, so you'll have to explain what is going wrong when you use the fingers specified. Apr 16 '18 at 16:24

The little numbers above the notes are meant to indicate which finger to use to play each note. For example, in the image in your question, there is a 3 above the first note, and then hand-written there are the numbers 4, 3, 2, 1 above the notes of the descending part at the end of the first measure.

The fingers of both your right and left hands have the following numbers:

  1. Thumb
  2. "Index" or "Pointer" finger
  3. Middle finger
  4. "Ring" finger
  5. "Pinky" finger

So that means for the right hand part in the picture, you play the first two notes with your middle finger, then use your ring finger to play the third note, middle for the fourth note, index finger for the fifth note, and thumb for the sixth note (the last note of the measure).

Notice that you don't have to move your hand at all to play the notes with the fingers as written. Usually finger numbers are chosen and written in to allow for the minimum of hand movement, especially for beginner pieces like this one.

  • i added the notes, how ever i d o not know if they are correct, if a more advance piano person can comment that would be nice etc Apr 16 '18 at 17:08
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    @DarrenSharrocks There is no one "correct" fingering for any piece. You have to figure out which fingering works best for your hands. I would finger the piece in the image exactly as written. I'm very confused because in your comments you indicated you didn't know how finger numbers work, but apparently you do know how they work. So I have no idea what you're actually asking at this point. Apr 16 '18 at 17:10
  • Well put it this way. I know we have ten fingers on our hands, but there is lots of cross overs and position moves in piano playing, and they catch a beginner like me unawares very easily. There is a advance way of doing this piece, in which the player would know how to plot the correct fingers. so when i place the fingers on the piano, i have no clue if its correct and if i am not careful i could go in the wrong direction and mess up. Case in point the one below it is March in G i got the fingering from a video on u tube. I am not able do this for march in F so i i am left in a loop Apr 16 '18 at 17:25
  • @DarrenSharrocks The fingering is already written in for March in F in the picture. I thought you said you were the one who wrote in the fingering. When you play those notes using those fingers, what problem do you have? Apr 16 '18 at 17:28
  • In my low experience of notations on piano pieces i believe and am sure i am incorrect. so i am asking a more advance person who knows the piano and music notation, am i on the right lines and what would they do for fingering in regards to the piece. Apr 16 '18 at 17:30

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