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For questions about choosing which finger(s) to use when playing an instrument. This tag can apply to pressing a key (of a keyboard), to stop a string, or the set of fingers to use to produce a particular note or chord.

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When given a wide passage such as the left-hand part in bars 20-21 - should my fingering seek to avoid the thumb on black keys?

Backstory Self teaching myself the piano No warmup routine as of yet Asked if I could just use the pieces I am working on for warmup Was told yes; just choose the most difficult passage and focus on ...
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Piano fingering for seemingly impossible chord in RH [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a way to finger this chord in a manner other than that marked by the editor, where a thumb that covers two black keys separated by two white keys (assuming that's what's intended ...
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Francisco Tárrega's Capricho Arabe fingering: first measure of major section

The score indicates that the third bass note G should use the second finger. However, the second finger is busy with the tied C. How is this possible? I can awkwardly stumble through by mashing my ...
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Chopin Nocturne Op. 55 No. 1 chord toward end requiring large left hand

Chopin Op.55 No. 1, m.89~97, the nine measures before the final two measures, left hand chord is A3-C3-F2, how to best do it with small hands unable to cover 10 keys? Should I just hold the C3-F2 and ...
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Chopin Nocturne in F minor Op. 55 No. 1 m.71 accidental and fingering

I have the Jan Ekier National Edition of Chopin's Nocturne Op.55 No.1 (first image). The second image is from a video (said to be from IMSLP). I have two questions: The Ab and the G# in Measure 71 (...
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Changed string on violin, the string is in tune but my finger placement has to change

I changed the A string on my violin exactly 24 hours ago. The violin nor the string has gone out of tune, the bridge is fine as far as I can see. But now when I play with my usual finger placement on ...
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Can I safely customize fingering of arpeggios?

I am beginner and by "safely" I mean no surprise, that I learn arpeggios my way, and after N months/years I discover there is some technique based on arpeggios which would require standard ...
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Piano voice guitar sheet music [duplicate]

Got a chord in music b c e b with square shaped bracket next to it. I tried playing it but finger can’t stretch to other b octave higher. It is on a P V G sheet music from Sound of Music.
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How to bridge fifths across 3 strings on violin/viola

I'm familiar with bridging a finger across 2 strings to play fifths and all of the weirdness that happens to get that in tune (fingers, it turns out have a certain roundness). I'm also aware that it ...
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What does this line above this note mean?

Above the note C5 at rehearsal mark (3rd measure below): is the line a part of the number 4 or part of the articulation (the dot on top of the note)?
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Is the Eb key necessary in this passage for flute?

In this song, it is difficult for me to switch from F to low C. I need to put down my middle and ring fingers while also moving my pinky from the Eb key to the low C key, and then switch my fingers ...
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Piano fingering for left hand

What's in your opinion the best fingering for left hand: Tempo: 180 This is m. 12 of Attack On Titan Opening 1 - "Guren No Yumiya", from MuseScore.
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How were the hole positions determined on a recorder, and how were the fingerings invented?

I recently obtained an inexpensive plastic recorder and am amazed that it’s possible to play a chromatic scale on it across two octaves. Many of the fingerings seem magical to me - as in, how did ...
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Finger placement problem [duplicate]

I can't use my pinky finger on my guitar like the rest of the fingers It automatically gets rotated and it Mutes the string below it and also ruins the string that I'm holding with my pinky finger ...
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Playing the notes on the right side of piano with the left hand [duplicate]

I'm currently learning the "Fur Elise" on the piano from youtube. In the tutorial, at this timestamp, the teacher plays some notes on the right side keys with her left hand, which seems ...
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Problem with finger jump in piano

I was practicing the Fur Elise piece on the piano, Since I'm trying to improve my piano playing skills, I'm practicing to play it without looking at the keyboard. I've practiced the first two lines ...
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Do guitar players use the thumb to fret two notes when playing chords and/or riffs?

I’ve been revisiting an old chord book (Sal Salvador Chordal Enrichment & Chord Substitution ©1985) and on page 45 I found this: It’s a nice chord but the first fingering is impossible. The ...
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How to convert @tonicjs/tonic chord data to guitar chords?

I am looking at https://github.com/tonaljs/tonal/tree/main/packages/chord which has a lot of music theory I'm less familiar with. When I was playing the guitar for many years 20 years ago, I learned a ...
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Are there fundamental problem how I'm fingering this fugue?

Part of my question about how I'm fingering this fugue is based on what I call "contraction" fingering. For example, with this passage... ...where I normally can finger it 1543 2432 1321 2. ...
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Fingering for left hand accompaniment over two octaves piano

I'd appreciate some help on how to finger the highlighted part. The sheet came with a lot of fingerings, so it feels to me like I'm missing something very obvious about how this should be played. ...
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Strange Fingering in "Rondo Alla Turca"

I recently acquired a copy of Mozart's Rondo alla Turca and am a bit baffled by one of the fingerings annotated: On measure 47, it marks 3-1-4 for C#, E, A. Is there a reason for this fingering? Or ...
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What is the fingering for this chord arpeggio?

Basic question probably, but what would be the best left-hand fingering for this arpeggio? I was thinking about this: 5 2 1 5 1 5 1 2
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Why is this not a B flat fingering on the flute? [duplicate]

I am learning the flute and I found that all these are accepted Bb fingerings: My question is why is this not an "accepted" fingering for Bb, which to me is the most obvious one (given that ...
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What do these fingerings mean in this piano arrangement of the Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana?

I am teaching myself piano and thought it would be a good challenge to learn this arrangement of Mascagni's Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana. I do not have a teacher and have never taken lessons, ...
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How well can professional oboe players tremolo between G/B and Eb/G?

How likely are professional oboe players to be able to execute this? The goal is the fastest possible alternation between the notes. I don't know a ton about oboe, but the Oboe 2 tremolo looks easy ...
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Which finger on right hand to use to play G note on piano in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?

When my daughter learned piano the first time one year ago, the teacher let us use this fingering: CC GG AA G FF EE DD C 11 55 55 5 44 33 22 1 We stop learning for a while and we start again. ...
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With which part of my pinkie should I hit the piano keys?

I've recently started learning Chopin's Fantaisie – Impromptu in C# minor for piano on my own. The left hand nearly always plays the same pattern, with the pinky hitting the lowest tone. The pattern (...
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Is it Bad Technique to Use One Finger for Two Keys in Sequence?

I was curious about how a pro might finger a jazz solo, so I paid someone on Fiver to write out the fingering labels. Not a lot of surprises, but there are few spots where they play two different ...
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How to count and play this notation? [duplicate]

This is a measure from Yann Tiersen's "La Valse D'Amelie". The very first measure of this piece has a 2/4 time signature: The rest of the measures are like below. Just counting the note ...
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Will this section be playable by a professional pianist and a professional violinist?

So I am composing a piece for a competition, and it has a strict criteria about the song being playable. I am looking for reviews for a section in my piece for playability. The piano part , 16th notes ...
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Professionalism at piano playing [closed]

What is the easiest way to get professional on the piano and what is the trick behind using two different hands to play several different notes with different fingers. How is the memory improved by ...
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Glissando during arpeggiando on string instruments

(Related to this question for the case without glissando) Consider following example of an arpeggiando on the four open strings of the cello (but the question also holds for violin or viola). Is it ...
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Fingering for arpeggio in Scriabin's piano sonata no. 1

What fingering is recommended for the righthand section here? I'd originally been using 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3-4-135, but at around dotted quarter = 80-85 it's started to feel quite difficult and I've hit ...
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Differing from suggested fingering

I have been learning to play the piano and the book I have has these suggestions for fingering for the chords. The piece that uses this is Take Me Out to the Ball Game I find that it is easier for me ...
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Legato and pedaling with octaves

I'm returning to the piano after 7-8 years away. I took lessons for 15 years then stopped after college, but I'm trying to play without a teacher for the time being, then will potentially get a ...
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Piano chord fingering and/or pedal use [duplicate]

Although my beginner status doesn't make me eligible to play this particular sheet (part of which I presented here), I found it interesting to analyze the notes written. My question is related to ...
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What do these circled 7's and 8's mean?

I'm playing Schubert's 3rd impromptu, op. 90 D899. There is a circled number precisely under each trill, shown below, and I don't know how to interpret them. I read here that they might indicate a ...
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Scriabin Prelude op. 11 no. 3 Finger 0 Henle Edition

In the first bar of Scriabin's third prelude op. 11 he indicates a finger "0" in the left hand as seen in the screenshot (preview from Henle's website) below. What is this supposed to mean? ...
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What does a lowercase "a" mean for guitar music?

What does a lowercase letter "a" next to the notehead mean for guitar music?
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Whats the best fingering for playing this bar on left hand on piano?

I have tried several ways but all of them fell not so good to me. Can anyone suggest a fingering for it ? Thank you.
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How to perform rapid notes with the pinky finger on piano?

I'm playing a piece on piano which contains the following two-voice rhythm for the right hand: . The piece is at a relatively rapid tempo, around 120 BPM. I currently finger the chord as 1-2-3-5 and ...
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Should I provide fingering for a piano music sheet?

I am typesetting a piano piece and am wondering if I should provide fingering instructions. First I thought that it could be helpful, but I'm not sure if this is considered normal by professional ...
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Meaning of a fingering marking

Henle's edition of Isaac Albéniz's Tango has these two bars: What does the line connecting the two 2s across the bar line mean?
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Is the fingering strange in Saint-Saens piano version (from Liszt) of Danse macabre

In Saint-Saens piano version (from Liszt) of Danse macabre, m. 79, there is this left hand fingering (that I show in blue) Is it a good fingering ? (it looks like 3 2 would be much more natural and ...
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Any advice on fingering for stacked eighth notes?

Any advice on right hand fingering for measures 29 and 31 (The eighth note runs), from "Mia and Sebastian's Theme" (Justin Hurwitz) from La La Land?
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How to finger this chord Bach violin Fugue C major Violin

The chord below is from Bach' violin sonata 3, Fuga Up until this point the chords have been easy enough to at least figure out the fingering. In this case the fingering seems to be impossible. Ive ...
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How can I lift my fingers off each piano key faster and still keep the same tempo when playing songs?

I recently noticed that when I press the piano keys, I do not lift my fingers fast enough off the keys. This causes a "dragging sound". However, I seem to keep the music tempo going. This ...
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Combine curved paths with fingerings

I want to mark notes with fingerings where the finger number has a bow below or above. First, I am creating the bows: upper-bow = #'( (M 0 0) (C 0.6 0.2 1.4 0.2 2 0) ) lower-bow = #'( (M 2 0) ...
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What does a vertical square bracket and number indicate on a piano score? [duplicate]

Does it indicate to play the A# and C# with the same finger (a horizontal style thumb?). I’m not sure that’s possible! Does the notation have a name?
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Has anyone tried playing a Fanned Fret guitar/bass? How did it feel vs standard? Did you stick with it? [closed]

The title says it all. I'm intrigued by fanned frets, but buying an instrument like that is a big leap. If you've tried it, I'd like to hear about your experience.
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