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Questions tagged [fingering]

Choosing which finger(s) to use to press a key (of a keyboard) or to stop a string, or the set of fingers to use to produce a particular note or chord.

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Differences in Bansuri Fingering Chart

I have been practicing little over a month roughly 30 minutes a day. Bansuri is A scale, almost 23.5" So far I am practicing SA RE GA MA PA DHA NI SA, and using higher octave when doing PA DHA NI SA. ...
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Are there specific injury concerns I should watch out for with piano tremolo exercises?

Based on Cortot exercies like these... ...I've been practicing patterns like this for seventh chords... ...and left hand... The spacing of the fingers with these major seventh chords feels ...
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How should I position fingers 1 and 5 in these preparatory exercises from Cortot?

The first two are from Cortot's preparatory exercises for Chopin Etude opus10/1... My hand cannot reach a 10th so I have to reach ...
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How should I correct my wrist motion when trying to do this preparatory exercise of Cortot?

From Cortot's preparatory exercises for Chopin Etude Op.10/2... Apologies in advance for a bad recording and my piano's bad tuning and my bad playing. At least Cortot says play it in a slow tempo. ...
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Trouble with thumb placement when practicing arpeggios on a piano

I'm just now learning the correct fingering for when practicing scales and arpeggios. Scales are going quite well, but when I practice arpeggios, I seem to have a lot of trouble with my thumb ...
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Piano fingering for basic triads in B flat major

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 ...
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Why does each key have different fingering on the erhu?

Why does each key ...playing the erhu have different fingering ? Is there a way to understand why and if I understand the logic, I might be able to figure out what fingering I should be using. I have ...
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Learning piano by song tutorials

I started learning piano few years ago. I did not spend too much time on theory as it seemed straightforward to me, but easy to forget. I However practiced a couple of songs over and over. I looked at ...
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Sometimes when i focus my attention to strumming i struggle with proper fingering speed and precision

I'm fairly new to guitar and i need some help. First off, i'm playing an acoustic guitar. I'm not a beginner yet not a master. I've been playing for a few months, i know a few scales, a dozen of ...
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Why are some alternate sax fingerings harder to play than the normal fingerings?

I've found that on my alto sax, some alternate fingerings require much more air to play than the normal fingerings. For example, A# can be played with either of these fingerings: However, the second ...
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Balalaika strummed by finger or thumb?

I bought myself a balalaika and started to play with it. As I watched my first video here: it tells that I have to use my index finger for stroking it. But that is ...
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Pinky finger cracking while playing guitar

While exercising my pinky at playing the guitar I noticed a huge problem which I am not able to find on the internet. My pinky kind of cracks when trying to bend it from its flat state. I tested it on ...
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How to stop a 5-string capo blocking my fretting of the bottom E string?

I want to play a fingerstyle guitar based on open-voiced chords in the key of D, capoed to be in D, Eb or E for performance. I'd love to have the low D from a drop-D tuning but this messes up some ...
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Where do you place your fingers (y-axis) on keys when your thumb or pinky is on a black key or white key?

I'd like some feedback on some keyboard diagrams I'm making. I'd like to indicate where you would put your fingertip (fingers 1-5) on the y-axis if you were to play certain chords depending on if the ...
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Left hand Fingering for G Root Position Dominant 7th Chord?

I notice that a lot of people recommend playing a G root position dominant 7th chord in the left hand with the fingers 5, 3, 2, 1. But to me, 5, 4, 2, 1 is more comfortable. Is it considered "bad" ...
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How to play super high G on alto sax

Is it possible to play the G6 on an alto saxophone?
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How to know when to play what note on what string on the violin?

I'm teaching myself to play the violin and only just starting on the notes and how to read the music, but i am getting a little stuck on knowing what note to play on what string from reading the sheet ...
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Fingerings for Chromatic Third Scales on the Piano

Can someone enumerate the main fingerings for major (... → C-E → C♯-F → …) and minor (... → C-E♭ → C♯-E → …) chromatic third scales? I've heard that Czerny, Moszkowski, Chopin and Godowski each had ...
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Fingering for long arpeggio

I seek fingering advice for the arpeggio in the image shown. It’s in A Major..
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Descending trill in Chopin's Military Polonaise?

I looked at the sheet music of the Military Polonaise by Chopin that I have. I saw something which looks more difficult than even the fast speed or the octaves. I saw a descending trill. I have never ...
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What is the proper piano fingering for playing scales in thirds?

I've been learning scales and I love to play them in this fashion. I can't seem to find a description anywhere of "proper" fingerings where there isn't a bunch of overlap. Proper is contained in ...
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Is there a reason not to play A/C# as x42225?

I'm having a hard time fingering A/C# as this sheet suggests: x42220. I've tried: barring with the first finger, but it's difficult for me not to touch the high E. barring with the first finger and ...
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Descending thirds fingering (Zorba’s dance)

I found an arrangement of Zorba’s dance. But there is a passage I don’t like because I think there are thirds originally which sound much better. The arrangement is in the second picture. The thirds ...
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Fantasie Impromptu and hand flexibility

I am thinking of perhaps learning Fantasie Impromptu soon. I have played a 4:3 polyrhythm before but not for longer than a measure. The piece in which I have encountered this polyrhythm is Nocturne Op....
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Keyboard fingering for pentatonic scale

I always find it difficult to play pentatonic scales on a keyboard. For example, I have been trying to play a scale containing the following notes: F G G# A# D. (I am not sure about the scale ...
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Piano Fingering for Jazz

Nice party you got here at Stack Exchange. Let me join. My goal is to become a jazz pianist/improviser. I’m currently learning through Blake Neely’s How to Play from a Fake Book and I’m stuck at ...
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3-4-3-4 fingering in BMV994

I was recently looking through Bach sheet music to find something new for training and I found BMV994 which made me a bit confused: This does not look like any "modern" fingerings I have seen. I have ...
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Is my fingering correct for F major to G major chord change?

I just started taking keyboard lessons. I have a song which has F major to G major chord change. F = C F A [Finger 5 2 1] G = B D G [Finger 5 3 1] I placed my fingers on C F A [5 2 1] but now while ...
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Should I bother to learn the correct fingering or transpositions by default when playing a second instrument?

I have been playing the Soprano recorder for some time now, and also the Alto for a while as well. The thing is, I never bothered learning the correct fingering for the Alto. That is, the fingering ...
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D7 piano left hand fingering

What could be the most efficient left hand fingering for D7 chord when the previous stroke is 5-finger (left hand). I was told by a teacher it's not efficient to use 5-finger bass (l.h.) and then ...
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Piano finger numbers for the attached measure

I was wondering if anyone could add finger numbers above each note on the measure below. I can't really seem to find a way to play the whole thing and still manage play it in legato (notice the slurs ...
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Should I avoid using my index finger on non-barre chords?

I'm a guitar beginner who knows the basic, non-barre chords and is now learning some barre chords. I've noticed that, usually, barre chord shapes are just like non-barre chords but shifted. For ...
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Guitar - fingering for playing multiple consecutive notes on a string cleanly

Let's say I need to play 10 13 12 13 - 10 13 12 13 - ... quickly on a single string. Label my fingers as index 1, middle 2, ring 3, and pinky 4. If I put 1, pick, lift 1, put 4, pick, lift 4, ... ...
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Reaching Low 1 on Violin

When learning where to place your fingers on the violin, common advice I hear (especially if you have a short pinky) is to first place the 4th finger down so you know you can reach it comfortably, and ...
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Fingering of cello double stops

Could someone provide me with the fingering for this sequence of double-stops (it's bass clef)? I put together a quick shot on "When I'm 64" for my daughter, but since I can't play cello, I can't ...
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Rage Over A Lost Penny: Getting better at left hand section

I am currently learning Beethoven's "Rage Over A Lost Penny", and I am finding it very hard to play this particular section: The right hand is pretty easy for me here, but it's the left hand that I ...
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Any Tips to Master Fingering with Piano Chords?

I am a newbie and learning to play piano. I am currently learning chords from my teacher and his website. He has written an elaborated tutorial about chords. But everything is comfortable about this ...
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Cello double stops fingered thirds?

On violin there are (at least) two ways to play double stop octaves. The 'regular' way: using fingers 1+4 1+4 1+4 etc. or 'fingered': using fingers 1+3 2+4 1+3 2+4 etc. I remember seeing ...
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What is the fingering for this arpeggio?

This may be a basic question, but I've never had a piano teacher so I'm not sure how to finger this circled measure. My confusion stems from the fact that I remember seeing in arpeggio books that for ...
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Can I use the “unused” Bb Key on the flute?

While positioning your fingers on the flute, there is one key left out between the left hand 2nd and 3rd finger. I’ve noticed that it does the same thing as the Bb Thumb Key. I prefer to use it while ...
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Horizontal bar in trill fingering

I'm looking at the Henle edition of Bach's WTC, specifically at d-moll Fugue (BWV 851), and in the second measure I see a trill: (This is András Schiff's fingering). What is that horizontal bar over ...
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Does knowing what position you're in actually help with fingering? If so, how to practice/learn?

My violin teacher makes a very big deal about knowing which position she's playing in and seems to take pride in being able to say which position she's in at any given moment. Is being aware of ...
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Learn to finger march in f by Daniel Turk [duplicate]

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, ...
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What happens if you anchor your pinkie and how do you avoid it?

Beginner at Ukulele and thinking of doing guitar someday. I've read some places where it's a bad habit to leave your pinkie resting on the surface of a guitar... I tend to leave my pinkie in the air, ...
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In what position to play Monti's Chardash solo (Sautille arpegios with melisms) violin bars 34-40

Who knows in what position to play Monti's Czardas solo (Sautille arpegios with melisms) violin bars 34-40 and to use open E string or play E on a A string instead? Is there any violin tabulature for ...
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E flat to B flat on Flute?

I’m playing the piece Menuet from L’Arlésienne Suite No.2 and there are multiple instances where E flat to B flat sixteenth notes are played. Obviously it is a possible transition to do, but I feel ...
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Why is the 7th of e.g. GMAJ7 an octave darker than scale degree 3 and 5?

The chord shape for Major 7 is this(photo only meant to show the shape) Why is the 7th[F#] the second darkest pitch, and not played on the 2nd fret of the 1st string, where it actually would be in a ...
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Recorder left hand thumb position with certain note combinations

Looks like thumbs in general are a real issue for me. I'm teaching myself the recorder, and would not want to acquire a bad habit. I'm approaching notes in the higher octave (soprano recorder) and ...
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How can I learn about reasons for choosing different ways to play a chord?

I was playing a song where E7 was written as 022130 as opposed to 020100 which I'm used to playing. It sounds "stronger" and "rounder" to me, similar to playing G as 320033 as opposed to 320003. I ...
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Guitar Playing Barre chords

Why do we base a barre chord on two different shapes ? Is the E shape more important than the A shape ? Why can’t I use the E shape all the time ?