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How am I supposed to play this chord?

It's probably a copy-paste mistake, someone used a notation program's automatic features to create the tab and didn't check if it can actually be played. Try playing it as: 10 x 11 11 10 x It's a ...
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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?

That is like asking a tennis player how they calculate the angles of their elbow, shoulder and wrist to hit the ball without looking at their racket. Maybe a somewhat unorthodox answer, but at this ...
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Chopin: marche funèbre bar 15 impossible place

This does not seem to be a typo, as evidenced by a clear D♭ in the bass on page 14 of the autograph manuscript: On page 14 of Kullak's "instructive edition" found here, the editor suggests ...
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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?

In the interest of keeping this post focused, I'll just address the specific question of... Why did Liszt put fingerings in his transcription of Beethoven's Ninth? First, it's important to establish ...
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Is there a reason not to play A/C# as x42225?

Yeesh, x42220 is indeed terrible. Don't feel bad about struggling with that. But the downside to x42225 in this context is that it's completely parallel to the previous chord, and that can sound ...
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Is it common to use pinky (little finger) on black keys?

As a piano player of over 30 years, I can assure you that the pinky finger plays plenty of black keys. Either hand. Is it common ...? I want to say yes, but let's have some specific examples. it'...
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Is my fingering correct for F major scale?

There are no "correct" or "incorrect" fingerings for scales (or anything else). But some fingerings are obviously better than others. In particular, the 12312341... (assuming you continue for >1 ...
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What does this notation mean? It is two numbers in brackets

In piano this parenthesis with 2 fingering means that you should change finger while keeping the note played. For example at the second bar you show, you should first use your 5th finger to attack ...
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Piano: Left handed Gmaj7 chord

Try shifting your hand toward the fall board (i.e., away from your body). That will bring your thumb closer to the F#, allowing additional relaxation in the rest of your hand. So this: Rather than ...
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How is this piano finger stretch remotely possible for anyone?

Since the semibreves are from the harmony in that bar - as are most of the notes in the whole bar - it's feasible to hold them on using the sustain pedal. The same could be for the l.h., as that's a ...
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Where should I press white keys - between black keys or below them?

When it comes to fingering questions, the broader the question the more the answer will be: "it depends." That is probably why you find conflicting information online, too many answers that ...
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"Impossible" piano fingering in Sondheim

A published version of a musical theatre song is usually a reduction from an orchestrated version, so there's a desire to include the main lines of the various instruments even if the reduction can't ...
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Why should I alternate fingers in this piece?

I do see why you prefer the imiimi fingering, you are following a pattern where your fingers are used to three notes on each string, and that feels good. There are some rare but serious classical ...
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How can the ukulele D7 chord have different fingerings with different sounds?

A D7 chord consists of: D - the root note - if you leave it out the chord is ambiguous, but you might fix that by having another instrument, your voice, or the listener's imagination, fill it in. ...
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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?

You are overthinking this. You are free to use whichever fingers you like when playing a piece but obviously some fingerings will work better than others. What you need to do is to find a fingering ...
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Should I always use scale fingering when sight reading?

When sight-reading, your long-term goal should be learning to read and play entire phrases of music, not individual notes. What fingering choice is practical for a specific note might be completely ...
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Are 4 part chorales supposed to be played on piano using 2 voices for each hand?

Abstract: Your fingers are not people. Explanation: You do what you need to do for what works best on the instrument you’re using and how you’re playing. The two notes on the top staff and two on the ...
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How can the ukulele D7 chord have different fingerings with different sounds?

The D7 chord is D (root), F♯ (major 3rd), A (perfect 5th), C (minor 7th). Any voicing that includes all four of those is correct. For example, the barre fingering is A–D–F♯–C, which is correct. ...
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How deep should the fingers sit when pressing piano keys?

Playing deeply between the black keys can be problematic. Suppose you want to play a C major scale; only white keys. Now you don't need to play any black keys, but you need to move your fingers over ...
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How to play two voices with a large range in the same hand?

This is a case where use of the pedal is needed. You use the pedal to hold the bass note and you change it when the bass is changing. In this excerpt at the beginning of every measure.
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Is there such a thing as F♯ position on the piano?

Given that 1-2-3-4-5 isn't working for you because of the awkward A, then yes, your next best option is 2-3-1-2-3. The idea of fixed hand positions is generally a learning tool for beginners, and ...
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Fingering C major arpeggio - Is fingering crucial when learning piano basics?

Fingering is entirely crucial, yes, and the benefits flower over a long period of time. It is often difficult for a beginner piano player to understand why on an intuitive level, but here are a few ...
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How can I learn about reasons for choosing different ways to play a chord?

Reasons for choosing a particular inversion and/or voicing, particularly on guitar, are rather personal than anything else. Any resource will have been written with that in mind. So it won't help ...
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D7 piano left hand fingering

The main issue here is not really whether 4 or 5 takes the lower note. It's making up your mind that you're going to let go of the bass note and MOVE your hand up the keyboard, a definite arm ...
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Is the fingering of thirds flexible or do I have to follow the rules?

All fingering is flexible! BUT, in a passage of 3rds, confined to the '5-finger position' you need a pretty good reason NOT to use 1-3, 2-4, 3-5. And 'I'm a beginner, and I find it hard to lift my ...
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