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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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The same note on two staves

On rare occasions, I encounter the same note on two staves with overlapping durations. Attached is an example from an arragement of "The Long and Winding Road" by The Beatles (The note in ...
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What fingerings are used for the minor and major blues scales?

It's my understanding that for the diatonic scales, there's a consensus of which fingerings are optimal for most people. They are not a hard rule, some pianists use other fingerings, but they are ...
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How is this piano finger stretch remotely possible for anyone?

How is it remotely possible to reach A5 (under lyric "share") whilst at the same time playing F4 and A4 (under lyric "one")? I can just about (unreliably) stretch ten notes but there surely isn't the ...
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Tips playing F barre chord

Any tips for a newbie in playing the F barre chord. I find it very hard to put my fingers in place. I've got a strat. I hear you can move it up and down the neck for other barre chords.
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What are the pentatonic scale fingerings for piano?

What is the most common fingering for the pentatonic scale? Minor and major. All of them. I don't know about standards; there are lots of different fingerings you could use. I would like to know what ...
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Which fingering to use when playing the same piano key twice in a row?

I just started to learn piano, and I notice that practice sheet music for beginners sometimes specifies for all or some keys which fingers should hit them. It seems that some authors consistently ...
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Is there a specific finger for playing a specific key on piano?

I'm new to piano, I can play some stuff following the sheet music, but i'm always wondering if my fingers are on the right position, so, I'd like to know if there's like a map or a way to determine ...
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How to play repeating notes quickly in the left hand on the piano

I've been working on Fur Elise, and I came to one section repeating a single note staccato in the bass. How do I play this? I've tried playing it normally, but I can't sustain it for more than a ...
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How to play two voices with a large range in the same hand?

My copy of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah includes the following measures: I don't know how to play the left hand. My problem is that I cannot reach from F2 to A3 (in the first bar, others ...
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Logical way to learn movable scales on guitar?

After learning the CAGED 'open string' scales, what scales to do next? In what order or what way? When I learn a new scale, it seems to have the effect of displacing my ability to play other scales ...
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Piano scale and arpeggio fingering technique: Thumb Under vs Thumb Over methods

Let's first define the methods: Thumb Under (TU): the thumb is brought under the hand in order to pass the 3rd or 4th finger for playing the scale. The thumb has movement up and down (to play the key)...
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Please explain hand rotation in playing the piano

What exactly is it? When would you use it? Some training tips on correctly using it.
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Fingering for some arpeggios on piano (Final Fantasy prelude)

So I came across this video and decided to learn this arrangement to improve my technique (of course not as fast as in the video). I'm not too sure what the best fingering is (for the left hand) ...
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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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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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What is the proper way to play this chord?

I have been playing for a while, but for some reason, I still can't play this 5th chord cleanly without that center note. Even with muting it just doesn't sound clean. Here's what I mean: %X/X.5/o....
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Is it normal, when playing scales on the piano, to occasionally rub neighboring fingers against each other?

When I play the F sharp harmonic minor scale, my right index finger on E sharp (F) rubs on my third finger on F sharp, since this scale is rather awkward. Is this to be avoided, or is it impossible/...
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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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Fingering for Bach piano sinfonia n.1 BWV787

Second measure of Bach piano sinfonia N.1 BWV787. What's the usual piano fingering for the highlighted excerpt? If I'm not wrong you tend to avoid pedal on Bach pieces and C-E' interval is pretty ...
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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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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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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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Should I lift my finger before I hit a key when playing a piano?

I've noticed, that many people are hitting keys, instead of just pressing them. It kinda looks like that before they press the note, they lift the finger a little bit, same as if you tried to hit a ...
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Double thirds, fourths, fifths and sixths piano fingering?

I have absolutely no idea how to finger things like this. I don't really know what sort of guidelines to follow or what books to practice that combine double thirds, fourths and fifths consecutively ...
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How do you know what hand positions to use in a song you have never played before?

I am busy teaching myself piano using several sources. I have come across the concept of "hand positions", e.g. G position or C position. My question is: How do you know, in a song you have never ...
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What is the proper way to play A-Flat scales on piano?

Consider four cases: A-flat major A-flat (natural) minor A-flat melodic minor A-flat harmonic minor I start them with the third finger on the A-flat key (both hands), but I have no idea how a ...
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Should I always use scale fingering when sight reading?

I'm practising sight-reading using https://sightreading.training/ which randomly generates notes for practice. If I'm practising in the key of C Major, should I stick to C Major scale fingering/hand ...
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Fingers to use while playing finger-style guitar

I have been playing guitar for around 3 years and am mostly self taught. I know that the recommendation is to play the D,A,and E string with your thumb and the e, B and G strings with your ring, ...
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Determining fingering for complex arpeggiations

I've been drafting some composition work and created some arpeggiations in the LH to accompany the RH, but I don't want to start guessing the fingering, ironing in bad habits before asking about it, ...
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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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Pedaling in Satie's Gymnopedie #1

I'm an adult piano novice learning Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1. The edition I'm working with has no pedal markings. You can see the score here: http://javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/3/38/...
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Fingering for black key pentatonic scales

I have noticed that everything I play on the black keys sounds "oriental". I want to know the standard fingering for this pentatonic scale?
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How do you play a grace note tied to the same principal note?

I'm a bit confused as to how to play a particular series of grace notes in two pieces: Schubert's Moment Musicaux No. 3 and Debussy's Menuet. Here are the measures for reference: In both examples, ...
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"Impossible" piano fingering in Sondheim

Here is a bit from the standard piano arrangement of Sondheim's "Loving You" (from the Musical "PASSION"). This is near the start of the song (measure 9). The key is D-flat major (...
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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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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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Two sets of fingerings printed for one same bar?

2nd movement of Beethoven's sonata Op. 49, No. 2. Bar 7. One edition seems to show two sets of fingering numbers: 4-3-2, and 4-4-2? What does it mean?
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Is fingers pointing towards each other a problem when fretting a guitar

I've been practicing the guitar for a few months now and am currently learning a song that requires me to slide from the 10th and 12th fret on the A and B string down to the third and fifth frets, ...
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Fingerstyle guitar - how to play this arpeggio?

Too many notes, not enough fingers! How can I keep bass note while playing this arpeggio? ? shows the fret I cannot reach because I use index finger to play bass note. I have tried to barre index ...
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How to layout left hand fingers correctly?

I practice Flamenco guitar. Basically all music sheets that I read indicates the left hand fingers (1, 2, 3 and 4). This is amazingly helpful because you can complicate a lot of things if you are ...
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Violin Sheet music - Finger 0 on non-open string note

I'm battling to understand the indicated fingering on one of the pieces of music I have for my Violin Grade 6 exam. As indicated below, the finger notation suggests that I need to play an open string ...
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Piano fingering recommendation for an f# minor arpeggio in the left hand?

I can't seem to find a comfortable fingering for the bass part of this. Everything I try feels weird. How can I transfer from the F# on the fourth line to the rest? I'm trying this: F# C# F# A C# ...
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What are the limitations for a guitarist with arthritis in his hands?

I have found that arthritis (or general hand problems/pains) is very common and a big problem among guitar players. I am currently suffering from osteoarthritis, more seriously in my left hand and I ...
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Daughter tends to raise index and middle finger whenever she plays the remaining fingers on piano

My daughter tends to automatically raise her index and sometimes middle finger whenever she plays the ring or pinky on the piano. It's almost like she is trying to use it to balance her hand/fingers. ...
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Strange fingering in "Moonlight" sonata

This is an except of bars 47-50 from Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata, from the Henle edition. In bar 49, in the middle of the second triplet, there is a fingering of 2-1 (pressing with ...
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Why finger 4 on G-sharp, finger 5 on Fx=G in Moonlight Sonata mvmt. 3?

This is the Casella edition of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata (Op. 27, No. 2) from IMSLP, and the text recommends fingering 1-4(G#4-G#5) and 1-5(A4-F##5), since G# is farther than F##(G), ...
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How can I improve my fingering on the saxophone in the high notes and overtones?

I have a couple of months working on my improvisation and I'm having some issues with fast passages on the saxophone's higher notes and overtones (starting from D with the left hand palm). I'm ...
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Fingering for fast playing notes on the same fret, but different string

Sorry, I couldn't think of a more precise title. In some songs I encounter parts where I play two single notes on the same fret but, for example, 12th fret on the b and e string in fast progression. ...
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Why do we use the fourth finger of the left hand to start the b major scale?

I am just curious about this thing, because recently I have started learning music.
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Ständchen Schubert arr. Liszt help

How should this section be played? (The 4th and 5th chords) It appears that I should play it with my hands on top of one another, left over right. Usually if i saw this in another piece of music I ...
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