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It seems to look like a fingering number but I don’t have 7 fingers and the note is already marked with a fingering number.enter image description here

  • Is this from Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu? – Dekkadeci Mar 27 '19 at 5:29
  • @Dekkadeci yes. – user48353 Mar 27 '19 at 6:49
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    Count the notes! :-) It's a septuplet. – Carl Witthoft Mar 27 '19 at 12:54
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    BTW, you should always provide the name of the piece and the publisher of the edition you display. Makes it much easier for us to investigate. – Carl Witthoft Mar 27 '19 at 12:55
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This is a tuplet, indicating that seven notes in the right hand are to be played in the same time as the regular six in the left. You have probably already encountered triplets, the most common tuplet, earlier in the same piece.

Here it is in another edition which makes its separation from the fingering clearer:

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    @user45266 I'm not very fond of this piece but it gets played so relentlessly often! – user48353 Mar 27 '19 at 4:26
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    @replete Good answer. How can you not be fond of this piece? Just kidding, I know it's individual preference, but I just personally love this piece. – Eff Mar 27 '19 at 7:48
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    How hard is it to play? It sounds crazy to have the right hand play 16.666667% faster than the left hand, but I have no clue about piano. – Eric Duminil Mar 27 '19 at 13:00
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    Toads of the Short Forest, " Each musician follows a different time signature, as Frank Zappa explains to the audience. " I'm trying to find the exact text, but there were at least 5 different ones, and Zappa ends with "... and the saxophonist blowing his nose" . I would have just as much trouble trying to play 6 against 7 as in this Chopin piece. Found it! "At this very moment, on stage, we have drummer A playing in 7/8, drummer B playing in 3/4, the bass playing in 3/4, the organ playing in 5/8, the tambourine playing in 3/4, and the alto sax blowing his nose." – Carl Witthoft Mar 27 '19 at 13:05
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    @CarlWitthoft - I've depped in bands like that. Except that the numbers were often supposed to be in 4/4... – Tim Mar 27 '19 at 19:36

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