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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Piano recomended fingering for blues scale [duplicate]

Is there an 'official' or best practice fingering for blues scales for the piano? Fingering for the C major scale as described by the exam boards (for at least the one I did) is: RH 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 1 2 -...
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If I play on a small keyboard, should I use the same fingering as for a full-size piano?

I just started playing on an Akai MPK Mini keyboard, and I find the fingering recommended for the piano to be quite uncomfortable on this small instrument. Should I make an effort to follow the ...
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Is this a reasonable fingering for an arpeggio in the right hand that starts on a note that is held in the left hand?

This is from the book "The Art of Piano Fingering." I'm stuck at this point. I have checked out related/duplicate questions but wasn't able to understand the answers concretely. I think I ...
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(How) Can CPE Bach's *Solfeggietto* (Solfeggio) in C Minor be played left-hand alone?

In researching CPE Bach - Solfeggietto - cross-hand playing style?, I stumbled on the following statement in Wikipedia: The work is often performed by left-hand alone. How?
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Help with fingering on Chopin's Nocturne op. 9 no.2 coda

I am trying to learn this nocturne and this fingering is really confusing to me. Why are three different, consecutive notes played with the same finger? Should I just "hop" from note to note,...
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Joplin's Peacherine Rag, piano fingering in bar 16

I attach bars 15-16 of Scott Joplin's 'Peacherine Rag' for piano (in 2/4 time). Perhaps I'm overlooking something obvious, but how is one supposed to play bar 16 - I refer to the super-stretch ...
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Piano: Left handed Gmaj7 chord

I have trouble playing the Gmaj7 chord with my left hand. I'm using 5-3-2-1 fingering, but I can't avoid hitting the A key with my 4th finger. What exercises or techniques are used to void that?
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Does one play the same note two or more times in a row with different fingers if it's LEFT HAND? (Piano) [duplicate]

There was a discussion about why pianists often repeat a same key with different fingers: Which fingering to use when playing the same piano key twice in a row? My question is: does it only apply to ...
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Is there such a thing as F♯ position on the piano?

I am practicing a song that uses the F♯ aeolian scale ascending and the melody sits between the notes F♯ and C♯. If I play this melody with my right hand (in F♯ position) and place my thumb on F♯, my ...
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What is the meaning of the various fingering on this arpeggio?

What is the meaning of the two fingerings : "3" and "4" in the D # minor arpeggio (second inversion) ? Should I "choose" one ? Is there an "academic/official" ...
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Fourth finger curling back towards the palm of my hand

I'm trying to play, with my right hand, A4 E3 D3 E3 C3. The score suggests the 5th finger on A, and the three first fingers on C, D, E, that is 5,3,2,3,1. I'm able to play it comfortably but I notice ...
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Proper repeated note fingering on piano?

Is there a proper fingering for playing a fast repeated notes on the piano? I understand that using multiple fingers to play to the repeated note is the best way to go but does it matter which ...
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Guitar - pinkie finger independence [duplicate]

I am doing some exercises and the instructor noted to keep my fingers as close to the strings as possible. However, i noticed that every time i go to press my second or third finger, then the pinkie ...
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Can anyone please tell me how to play this in “La Campanella”?

I can't play the grace notes. Either it gets out of sync or there is a noticeable delay.
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Brass Instrument Valve Order

Brass instruments such as the Trumpet and French Horn have three keyed/levered valves. Some related brass instruments such as the Piccolo Trumpet have four keyed valves. The Tuba has four or more. ...
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My middle knuckle of right ring finger pain while piano practise. What can I do?

This is the only finger that pains. What should I do?
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Sore left hand holding chords in awkward positions for long durations

The left hand tends to be sore from prolonged holding various block chords in curled finger position (sometimes looks like eagle's talons ;-)). While large spans is hard to reach, they are less likely ...
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Difficulty reaching lower E to higher G in left hand on piano

I’m practising the below piano piece and can’t physically keep one finger on lower E and higher G at the same time (circles in picture). I think I must have the notes wrong or not reading the music ...
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Has anyone required nonstandard fingerings for “normal” pipe instruments?

By "normal," I mean pipe instruments that are tuned to 12-equal temperament. They have "standard" fingering for each notes in 12edo, but I recall that, when I was young, I found it ...
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Right hand finger positions on a flute

I was recently watching a video of Jethro Tull performing, with Ian Anderson on flute. His right hand appears to use the pads of the medial, rather than distal, phalanges. I.e. the left hand uses the ...
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Piano: conscious vs subconscious playing

In particular when practicing scales (say, C major, one octave apart, similar motion) or jazz standards, I’ve noticed that my playing becomes automated. I don’t consider every step carried out by my ...
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Why this fingering suggestion for E locrian scale?

I'm reading this book called "The Source" and it suggests the following fingering. My question pertains to the right hand fingering suggestion, the most common fingering that I've seen in ...
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Fingers not spreading when curled

I play guitar and I should have my fingers directly above the frets when placing all four fingers down. But if I curl them just a bit, I cant spread the middle finger and ring finger AT ALL. They are ...
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Strange piano fingering

In a piano piece I am studying (Bourlesq in G Major, bar 10), I encountered a counterintuitive fingering (two notes separated by a tone have to be played with fingers 1 and 4). Is it a mistake from ...
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Best way to maintain voicing in this example, without awkwardness

I have tried this with crossing the LH over, and under, to hit the A# indicated by the arrow; have also tried playing the A# with RH. The latter is much easier but makes it incredibly hard to maintain ...
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Jazz piano: fingering — special cases and hacks

I have a couple of questions related to corner cases in fingering: How do you play Gmaj9 in RH when it is inversion F♯, A, B, D? Thumb on the (black) F♯ and the rest line up? Another ...
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Problem with violin finger placement changes with each string?

I have a violin student who recently purchased a violin from a music shop. It's not a professional grade violin, but it is still a nice student model. My student's intonation seemed to get worse after ...
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Diminished scale fingering on piano

What do you think about fingering of diminished scale on piano RH, C Db Eb... 1231 2134? In one forum I read that standard is 123 13 123. But didn't see "my" fingering anywhere. What do you think ...
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Isn't more comfortable to play Cmaj7 chord's root position 1245 instead of 1235 fingers on piano?

As I saw in Youtube and in various websites that Cmaj7 root fingering should be 1235, but for me it would look like more logical to play 1245. Because when I play on RH 1235, my wrist goes to left. ...
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How to ensure the fretboard hand and the plucking hand are working on same string?

Recently I bought a guitar (but I am learning it totally through internet, due to lockdown condition). If I hold the guitar in suggested posture (or like everybody do), I cannot almost see the ...
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A very specific bar chord problem

There are loads of posts about bar chords but this one is a specific problem. So I can bar all strings on each fret without any trouble, not even much pressure, even without using my thumb on the ...
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What fingers should I use to play this section?

I'm learning a song on piano (the "Dungeon Theme" from The Legend of Zelda) and I'm having trouble with one particular section because I'm having trouble moving my fingers fast enough to play the ...
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Fingerings for 2+ octave major/minor arpeggio inversions

Here is a traditional fingering for a Em arpeggio across 2 octaves RH 123 1235 LH 5421 42 What is fingering best practice one wished to practice 1st and 2nd inversions of Em arpeggio across 2 ...
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Question on Chopin opus 25, number 12, on a note that is kept between two measures

In Chopin Etude opus 25, number 12, at measure 57, the last notes of left and right hand are supposed to be kept until the end of the first notes of measure 58. In my feeling, this is impossible to ...
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F-chord on Ukulele (hand position)

I'm a ukulele beginner and I'm finding it almost impossible to play the F-chord without my finger accidentally touching the A or the C strings. I have looked through YouTube but no matter what, I can'...
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Advice on fingering for “alternating” chords

First time posting on this stack exchange so if this question is better suited for somewhere else or is in need of rephrasing, please let me know and I'd be happy to fix it. There is a particular ...
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On Piano, What are the correct fingers to play A then D then F on right hand?

Apologies for not being clear in my question. I am looking to play an Easy version of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata - per the link below. A,D,F are the first 3 ...
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Can my fingerings to start this piece be improved?

I'm trying to complete the fingering for this entire piece, was wondering if my fingerings could be improved, so I don't finish the entire piece only to find out everything is wrong and stupidly done, ...
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Can my fingering be improved?

I'm a beginner at piano, was wondering if my fingering for this piece can be improved Can my fingerings for the chords be improved? The melody part? I'm especially unsure about the section of the red ...
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Fingering for a left hand C-G-C-G-C arpeggio

Newbie player here. I've been playing piano for almost a year now (I'm 22, self taught), and have been recently trying to move up to two octave arpeggios. I'm currently struggling with a C-G-C-G-C ...
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How to finger Dm -> Dm9?

I'm playing a song that goes Dm to Dm9. Moving from either open Dm or fifth-string bar Dm to the pictured Dm9 shape feel pretty awkward. Is there a better shape or fingering? I imagine Dm->Dm9 in any ...
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What is the best fingering for these 3 jumpy octave bars?

I'm not sure how to do the fingering for this? The first 4 notes per bar are especially challenging. I've tried 5,5,1,51 and 5,1,5,51 but none of it feels really good :( I'm learning on my own so I ...
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How to play these notes?

This is basically a G minor chord with a G in the bass. Should I use my left hand to play the bass G and right hand to play the G minor triad? Or should I play the bottom 2 notes with my left hand ...
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What's the best fingering for this passage? Single large shift or several small

as part of my efforts to learn to play faster passages, I wrote the one posted below. However, I am having a lot of trouble figuring out the best way to finger it. If I do a single, large shift I ...
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How to change chord from xx5333 to xx7765?

I'm trying to play Gm and Dm as follows, which is described as "a typical reggae rhythm played on the offbeat". The natural way for me to finger these are Gm with fingers 1 (bar) and 2/3 for Gm, and ...
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How to play a note with different length with both hands?

As you can see I have 2 G notes to play, one in the right hand melody and other in the left hand chord, how am I supposed to play this?
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Classical guitar: right hand finger movement when playing chord

When playing a string with the right hand, it is suggested to have the finger pushing through the string. That is to say, the finger is moving inward the guitar, rather than pluck the string outward ...
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(Indian Classical) Violin note-spacing vs. Guitar note spaces

I play the Indian classical violin. In that, when you have a song in A, for instance, you would tune the first (lowest) and third strings to A, an octave apart, and the second and fourth to the ...
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Piano Fingering for Mirrored Phrase

I have encountered a piece of music wherein a phrase that is played in the right hand at the start of the song is played in the left later on. The phrase in the early part of the song is: Then, ...
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How to properly play this piano chord

I am playing 3 keys in following sequence. See attached picture for the fingers i use to press 3 keys A# A# F A# F A# I have to keep repeating the above sequence. I use pinky on left A#, index ...

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