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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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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What is the importance of practicing scales on piano, and the proper fingering of them?

First of all I want to point out that I practice scales a lot and even enjoy it. I just don't know why they are so important, as this site says for example: "Proper fingering of the scales on the ...
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Properly fingering jazz chords?

I've seen these come up in a few places (Crazy Train and a couple of Jimi Hendrix songs come to mind offhand), however I've never figured how to work them in fluidly;the fingerings always seem awkward,...
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What does this 7 mean above the F flat?

It seems to look like a fingering number but I don’t have 7 fingers and the note is already marked with a fingering number. This is from Chopin's Fantaisie-Impromptu.
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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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Is it acceptable to play the same note simultaneously on different strings on cello?

For a piece I am performing with a local school orchestra, a final open A is to undergo an "insane" crescendo to a Fortissississimo, which our conductor interprets as "as loud as possible." A fellow ...
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Chopin: marche funèbre bar 15 impossible place

Chopin sonata #2 Opus 35: Look at the left hand: Db from small octave and F from 1-st octave. Neither I, nor anybody of my acquaintances can stretch the hand so far. My idea was to replace F 1-t ...
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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 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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Where should I press white keys - between black keys or below them?

I've been learning to play piano for couple of weeks, and I've faced a question that has some controversial answers on the internet: What is the correct position of 2-3-4 fingers on white keys (WK) ...
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How deep should the fingers sit when pressing piano keys?

When pressing piano keys, how deep should the fingertips sit? Well between the black keys (if I'm playing the white ones), or closer to edge of the key? I have seen both practices on videos, ...
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Playing guitar with webbed fingers

I've just got myself an acoustic guitar and I'm struggling with holding down chord shapes. I have webbed 2nd and 3rd fingers on my fretting (left) hand. This causes those fingers to follow each ...
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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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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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Is my fingering correct for F major scale?

I just started taking piano lessons. In the first class, I was taught about the different scales (C through B). But I was instructed to use the same fingering for all the scales (major and minor). RH:...
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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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Right-hand fingering for D7/F♯

I’m learning piano (for now) via self-study with Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course. The lesson on right-hand fingering for D7/F♯ recommends using 1–4–5 to play F♯–C–D. As I mention in another question,...
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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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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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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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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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Fingering C major arpeggio - Is fingering crucial when learning piano basics?

I am begginer piano player. I am using Piano Marvel internet course to grasp basics, I want to find teacher when I feel more confident with the instrument. What I am wondering about is fingerings on ...
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Violin fingering schemes for different scales

I had a 10 year gap in my violin play and I'm still having trouble remembering the correct fingering (specifically for 4 and more sharps/flats). Where can I find some fingering charts/schemes ...
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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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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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Trumpet improv harmonics?

So I have no background in music theory, only basic knowledge from junior high band, but I've recently started playing trumpet with some friends and I've noticed that when I try to improvise, if I ...
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Why does closing a recorder bell raise the pitch sometimes and lower the pitch other times?

I have been playing recorder for two years now and have recently been using this chart, http://www.dolmetsch.com/efingeringchart.pdf for third octave soprano fingerings. Playing the D or the F# ...
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Software to analyse music for playability

Is there any software that can analyse instrumental parts for playability? I want to compose orchestral music, I know the ranges of the individual instruments, but do not know if what I compose is ...
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What does the arc under fingerings mean?

What does the arc under fingerings mean as seen in these two pictures? It seems like first image, the arc means to transition fingerings from thumb (left hand) to second finger, but on the second ...
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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 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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"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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Why should I alternate fingers in this piece?

I very recently started learning classical guitar and I have some questions. I am trying to play following piece: In the second-to-last measure of the second row, my fingers on the strings alternate ...
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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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How do uncovered tone holes in middle of a flute work?

As a (mediocre) guitarist just starting to dabble with other instruments, the first several fingering diagrams for flutes, saxophones, etc make good intuitive sense to me because you're effectively ...
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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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What's the difference between EWI fingering and saxophone fingering?

I recently purchased an Akai EWI Solo - it's an electronic woodwind instrument that mimics a saxophone. As I watched several videos of experienced EWI players unboxing the EWI Solo, I heard advice ...
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Is it common to use pinky (little finger) on black keys?

So I'm reading this book called piano and keyboard all in one for dummies and in the very last measure of this image you can see a 5 (pinky/little finger) is suggested for the B flat since this is key ...
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Is it okay to use different fingers every time while playing a song on a keyboard? Is it considered a bad practice?

I'm new to the keyboard and am learning it myself. However, I've learnt Indian classical for three years. I want to know if a song that I play has to be played with the same fingers every time. If not,...
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Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?

In this question, the OP asks about the problem of his wife's fingers being too short to cover the guitar's fretboard entirely. Similarly, my wife wants to start learning piano and her fingers are ...
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How similar (or not) are recorder, fife, and flute fingerings?

I don't play any of these instruments, but have at least tried them enough to play a scale. My impression is the basic holes down the pipe are tuned to a diatonic scale. The more holes covered, the ...
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What does this notation mean? It is two numbers in brackets

I originally though they were (rather bad) fingering suggestions, but then I saw the second bar where the fingering suggestion is 2 4, yet this (51) still shows. What exactly does it mean then when ...
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Fingering for octaves on the piano

Another question about playing octaves (as in Schubert's Erlkonig, Chopin's A-flat Polonaise, etc.): I practice Hanon exercises, and Hanon recommends using the first and fifth finger on white keys ...
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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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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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Is there any recorder with same fingering as tin whistle/six hole bamboo flute?

Recently I bought a Hohner C-Soprano Baroque recorder, I love to play it. Unfortunately, unlike six hole bamboo flute or tin whistle, recorder fingering is somewhat different, especially while playing ...
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Is the fingering the same for Hanon exercises when you play in a different key?

For example, the fingering for Hanon exercise #1 in C is 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2. Is the same fingering used for the other 11 keys? If so, does the rule hold for all Hanon exercises?
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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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Are 4 part chorales supposed to be played on piano using 2 voices for each hand?

Sometimes the bass and tenor have a 10th or 12th interval so obviously I cant reach that with one hand on some chords but is the general way to play a chorale on piano using two notes per hand? Most ...
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Left hand Finger Technique

Say, I want to play note G on 1st string 3rd Fret ,i would play as below ( With my Index,Middle and Pinky close to the Fret and not as far away as shown in the pic) But, while tuning my Guitar i ...
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