what is the meaning of the numbers given in small curly brackets above/below a given number. Example (3) above 2 on note F# A major Pentatonic scaleenter image description here


All the numbers are suggested fingerings. The numbers in brackets are alternative fingering ideas. To me, it's a personal thing, and part of the job of learning a piece is to work out my own fingering - my fingers are not those of the person who's trying to be helpful !

  • yes, this are alternative fingerings – Albrecht Hügli Nov 27 '19 at 15:21
  • Though I agree that every musician should develop their own fingerings, there are commonalities between most people's hands. A beginner might choose a more "obvious" fingering without taking other factors such as speed, comfort, and ergonomics into account, so suggested fingerings are, as they are trying to be, pretty helpful. – awe lotta Dec 5 '19 at 17:05

As Tim said, these are the finger numbers. I assume this is a handbook to learn piano, so playing with these fingers is supposed to help you learn proper technique. The numbers go from 1 (thumb) up to 5 (pinky).

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    +1 as it was not always use to play keyboard with the thumb and not all cultures are counting the fingers the same way. – Albrecht Hügli Nov 27 '19 at 21:09

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