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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General term to cover piano fingerings, trombone slide positions, Theremin hand positions, etc

Is there a general term to describe the concepts referred by "fingering", "(slide) position", perhaps other such words, that describe the specific manipulations of an instrument to ...
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Music sheets that correspond to C=1, D=2, E=3, F=1, G=2, A=3 [closed]

I am using a Pianio Where can I find music sheets/videos for kids rhymes that assume the following fingering for right hand C=1, D=2, E=3, F=1, G=2, A=3, B=2, C=3 No matter where I search, I run ...
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Looking for fingering advice for fast opening section of “Cynthia's Battle” theme

I've just started learning this arrangement by Marasy8 on youtube from a nostalgic video game of mine (Cynthia's Battle theme for any Gen IV'ers), and I'm at the bit right after the opening chords. ...
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Ukulele: G major chord with partial barre

I am playing on a gCEA concert ukulele. As a relic of probably incorrect self-taught guitar playing (D major), I am faster to a G major chord by playing a partial barre chord. That's index finger on ...
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Bach's Toccata is a bit confusing, how am I supposed to play this?

I've started learning Bach's Toccata in E minor (BWV 914), and I'm having trouble understanding which hand plays which notes. Since I don't want to assume and learn it wrong I'd like to clear my ...
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Can anyone give me blues scale fingering numbers for left hand piano? [duplicate]

I want blues scale fingerings for left hand piano
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Piano - Playing the G# Key with left hand

I’m only a month into using SimplyPiano and there are a few songs that have left hand combos of E and G#. The numbers suggest I use 1-3, but I can’t get my thumb up to G# unless I slide all the way to ...
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How would you finger this arpeggio on guitar?

What would be your approach for right-hand-fingering this arpeggio pattern with classical guitar or fingerstyle technique (no pick)? I've tried out several approaches, being this one the most ...
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Piano chord fingering notation with only 1 finger number for multi-finger chord

The following score has suggested fingering, where some left hand chords only have one finger number indicated. Does it mean the other fingers on the same chord are obvious or whatever your preference ...
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Correct Fingering for Piano Long Stretches in Bass Clef

I am a piano student at the early intermediate level. I am fortunate to have long fingers that generally proves helpful. However in the below arrangement of O Holy Night, the last two sections in ...
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Would you have the fingering for the left hand of these two measures?

The score below is "Moldau", transcripted for piano. **On the measure number 24 (second on the scan), on left hand, should we really play "thumb (1) thumb (1)" and keep the B white ...
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How am I supposed to play this chord?

I've tried to play this chord a couple different ways and I have no way to play it. I tried to have my index on 10 my pinky on the 16s and my middle or ring on 14. Is there something I'm missing or ...
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Why are there fingerings in Liszt's Beethoven's 9th transcription, a piece for a very skilled player who presumably doesn't need the finger markings?

I was watching along with an entertaining video of Liszt's solo piano transcription of Beethoven's 9th symphony. This thing is over an hour long with numerous technical feats and is surely something ...
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Where do you place your pinky when playing recorder?

do you place your free pinky of your left hand underneath as a support or do you let in hang free?
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How do you know which finger/key to press for the next note on Piano when thumb is not on C?

This is related to How to you know which finger/key to press for next note?, but the example in that question made people to suggest I need to practise fixed position first, which was great for ...
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Should I alternate fingers in this piece?

Should I stick to the "always alternate the striking hand's fingers rule" here ? That is to say : mim imi for the six first notes and mim imi mim imi for the last measure. I am asking this ...
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How to you know which finger/key to press for next note in Piano? [duplicate]

Let say you have 2 notes C and E: When your thumb is pressing C, then see next note is E, do you memorize the pattern that C and E is skipping one finger and in this case the middle finger to press E? ...
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Need advice on a bent pinky problem

I am looking for a good reference for hand exercises and advice on pinky problems. After an accident on 2017 where I sprained my wrist (3rd degree that forced me away from my guitar) my index and ...
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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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