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I'm trying to re-train my hand to use better fingerings. Recently I looked at my fingering for something very basic: primary triads.

I want to adapt the fingering for all 24 keys and both hands.

I think my fingering for C major is straight forward. That same fingering seems to work in B flat major too, but I also tried an alternate fingering. C major and alternate B flat fingerings are...

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...a few details about how I am approaching things:

  • C major, bar 4, I keep my finger 5 on the G for the first note and sort of contract my thumb (1) in for the C. Is that kind of shift in position OK or standard? It seems better to hold 5 on G from bars 3 to 4, get the rest of my finger on the C chord, and then switch to 4 on the G. Better to contract my hand than to reach finger 4.
  • Bb major, bar 1 to 2, thumb on a black key is sometimes avoided, but in this case 1 and 3 are both on black keys in bar 1 so the hand is sort of pulled up onto the black keys together, then in bar 2 fingers 3 and 5 drop down to white keys pulling away from the black keys, I then switch to finger 2 for the Bb, because it naturally reaches the black key easier that the thumb.
  • Bb major, bar 4, last note, I push my hand in a bit to get 1 onto the Bb, it a little awkward, but it gets my hand back into position for the repeat and the Eb chord. Keeping finger 2 on the Bb and then trying to reach 5 up to the G of the Eb chord seem an even more awkward option to avoid.

I'm trying to find economical fingerings that fit the hand well.

Some aspects of these fingers feel a little unnatural. If I'm not concentrating, I might use other fingers. But, I can't really tell if that is simply old habits taking over versus bad fingerings.

I'm willing to put in the time to re-train, but don't want to devote that time to bad fingerings.

Am I headed down the path of bad fingering?

  • Your question mentions both B major and B flat major but only has sheet music for B major. – Dekkadeci Jan 16 at 0:44
  • Ugh! I will fix the notation as soon as I can get to my computer. It's supposed to be B flat. But the fingering numbers are correct. – Michael Curtis Jan 16 at 2:28
  • Key signature correct. Sorry about that! – Michael Curtis Jan 16 at 13:34
  • I find that fingerings are very personal, as everyone's hand anatomy and physiology are different. It's the length and relative length of digits as well as the mobility of each, and the action between them. I could explain what I would do, but that's not a lot of use to many apart from me: my fingers, being mine, are going to work for me in my ways - and sometimes that's problematic! However, just because another does it well their way certainly doesn't mean it'll work as such for me. Part of the fun (?) of practising is to try all options and choose the best in each situation. – Tim Jan 16 at 14:24
  • Sure, each hand is different. But, I'm sure most people have a thumb much shorter in reach than the other fingers. My fingering questions revolve mostly around that issue and the general avoidance of the thumb on a black key. – Michael Curtis Jan 16 at 14:36

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