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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Slurs and Finger Substitution

In ABRSM "The AB Guide to Music Theory, Part I, Ch 11.2" on "The Slur": they show the following example (Bartok, For Children, Vol. 1 No. 3) And they say that the end of a slur ...
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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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Do the music examination bodies like trinity mandate playing the triads with with only (5-3-1) in Left Hand and (1-3-5) in Right Hand?

My music teacher has always told me to use only pinky, middle finger and thumb (5-3-1) while practicing the triad chords. Though I am trying to use it, it becomes difficult on the black keys. ...
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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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Four-note arpeggio on string instrument

Consider following excerpt of the first movement of Mendelssohn's Violin concerto: It contains a series of arpeggios. What are the rules to write such arpeggios? Are the four notes always played on ...
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The use of finger substitution to execute a slurred fifth

Upon performing the theme from the 2nd movement of the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (1st violin) part, I came upon a slur that went from a B flat on the D string with a fourth finger to an F on the A ...
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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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Pachelbel's Canon in D, arpeggio's fingering

In measure 5 to 12 of this R. Schultz arr. of Pachelbel's "Canon in D", the left hand plays the arpeggios. I have seen various fingering for the left hand: (a) 5 5 3 1 | 5 5 3 1 | 5 5 3 1 |...
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How to know what string to play on the violin if it does not show it on the sheet? [duplicate]

How to know what string to play on the violin and hand position for a classical piece if it’s not shown on the music sheet especially seen in these old music sheet pieces?
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Left hand fingering on arpeggio G-E-G-E-B-E on Piano keyboard [closed]

I'm absolutely new to piano and really want to learn piano myself at home without teacher. I've got a new sheet for a song, and I'm trying to figure out left hand fingering for the arpeggio G-E-G-B. ...
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What fingering do you think is better for "bass/chord" left-hand line?

Here is one of million piano arrangements of Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" that I've chosen for learning. And now I'm stuck trying to choose between two fingerings for left-hand line in this part (...
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Use of 3rd or 4th finger for bends

My son has two guitar teachers that disagree on something. I'd like to know your opinion to help my son make a decision which way to go. On rock songs on the electric guitar, when your hand is in a ...
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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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When to use open note or closed note for solo on acoustic guitar for the same pitch?

Suppose you want to hit E5 (which is 0 fret on 1st string) in a passage of your solo, what are the reasons you'd pick the open note or the closed note on 5th fret 2nd string? In general for electric ...
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What is the best fingering for this passage of "fluttering intervals"?

What is the best fingering to use for the following passage from "La Plage" by Yann Tiersen (section "B", mm. 7–12)? It seems to me that the first measure should alternate 14-25, ...
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Why does my clarinet play a "Bb" when the music shows a "C" and I finger for a "C"? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn to play the clarinet and was doing fairly well until I tried to play a tune with my granddaughters on flute and piano. My clarinet was not in tune with their instruments. I have ...
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Is it safe to use thumb position in lower positions on cello?

A piece I've been playing has a notation to use the thumb in 2nd position on cello (with thumb on the D-string F# specifically, where first finger would go in normal 2nd position). I tried it out but ...
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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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Piano fingering question

What is the best fingering for the attached sheet music marked in blue (right hand part)?
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Why is my flute squeaking when moving bottom finger

I just bought a Native American flute and it plays beautifully with one problem. When I remove the finger from the bottom hole, sometimes there is a loud squeaking and the flute goes high pitched. I ...
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Piano - Reaching arpeggios in Beethoven's Pathetique 3rd movement measure 107

If I start the piece from a neutral position in relation to my left hand I find that when I get to the arpeggios in measure 107 I can't comfortably reach them with my right hand. If I start the piece ...
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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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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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How is this C chord constructed on guitar?

I am following a tutorial on Black Magic Woman from Justin Guitar and at 6:18 he plays the C Chord in the following way. Since the C Chord consists of notes C, E, and G I notice that his index finger ...
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Fingering for left hand jumps on piano

I'm really just starting out with playing piano and had a look at the recommended fingering for Gymnopedie no. 1 yesterday on https://starryway.org/en/piece/4/basic/ and noticed that for the first ...
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Little finger positioning on fretting hand while playing guitar 3-notes-per-string

I would like some advice on my left (fretting) hand pinkie's (little finger) orientation when I'm playing three-note-per string scales at faster tempos. I find the pinkie flattens, especially the ...
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Roman numerals below the note in violin

I thought the number over the note was the string number for violin. But what are the roman numerals below the score? How do I finger this score in violin? Could you number on the score please...
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On piano how do I play one note, and the same note an octave higher with one hand?

I have been playing piano for a few months now, and I have come to a roadblock, in this one song I play CDEFG C on octave 4, while I do the same on octave 5. All of this is with one hand, I have been ...
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Correct fingering for The Frail

I'm learning to play E-Piano by myself and right now, I'm trying to play the The Frail. I don't have any problems in the first sixteen bars. But at bars 17 and 18 I'm struggling with the correct ...
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Notes on violin

I am a beginner in violin. I am confused that most of the times in music sheet the notes are normal (neither sharp or flat) but when playing it feels like one is playing the sharp of some notes (like ...
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How to move fingers on violin?

I've read that: A common violin fingering problem is the result of excessive tension: not lifting your fingers using the base knuckle. When you look at your left hand, each of your fingers (except ...
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Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2 - technical question

Quick question about the following section in Rach 2 3rd movement: Should this be played with the right hand only? I originally assumed so, but it's such a fast section I wondered if others played it ...
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Good way to play rapid consecutive fifths and sixths spanning more than an octave

I can't figure out how to properly finger and play the following section of a piece I'm trying to play. I've tried multiple things, but the difference in distance between the first notes and the ...
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Voice in bass clef too far apart for one hand

Given the sheet below (4/4 measure signature), how would you play the bass clef? My understanding is that this is one voice with a large range (not two right?). I'd hold down G1 & ♭D2 in the ...
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How do I play these widely spaced keys on keyboard?

I am struggling to play these keys, and I am not getting the right phrase to search on Google for this type of question. It's clearly impossible to play this with 2 hands. If this is played with 3 ...
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How to barre this chord without muting adjacent string?

I found this online. How do you barre with the third(ring) finger without it touching and muting the G string? Anatomically speaking it's really hard for my ring finger to not touch the G string while ...
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How to quickly play octaves with one hand (piano)?

In some songs there are portions where the melody is made of pairs of notes, where the pair spans a whole octave. Sometimes the melody is played pretty quickly. I'm wondering if there's some technique ...
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Same fingering position for fingering notation and \finger command in LilyPond?

I have found that fingering notation and \finger command in LilyPond place fingering differently. How to make finger command behave the same way as ^n, _n, -n notations? Here is a MWE: \version "...
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Fingering for the fourth valve of the piccolo trumpet

Consider the piccolo trumpet in Bb (like the normal trumpet in Bb but one octave higher). The first three valves lower the main tube by 2,1,3 semitones. The fourth one lowers the tube by a fourth (5 ...
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How do you play this chord from Étude 14 by Philip Glass

I am learning Étude 14 by Philip Glass but I found a very weird combination of notes that I cannot play naturally (and unnaturally). Do I need to practice some weird finger stretching or there is ...
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Fingerings for 2 voices on the same staff in the same direction in LilyPond

I am having a hard time finding a way to get the fingering markings for two voices in the left hand, onto the same side of a single staff in LilyPond, like in the picture below: My aim is: to get ...
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LEFT HAND Piano Fingering logic [closed]

Does anyone have a resource, Basic fingering Logic and left hand posturing for LH Arpeggios including Pivot of wrist Shape and position of left hand throughout arpeggio. Thanks
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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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Standard slide positions for notes above high C

What are the standard / usual tenor trombone slide positions for notes above high C? None of the charts I have found online goes beyond C (e.g., below). I managed to find D and E positions on my ...
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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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