Basic Piano Fingering Rules

 piano photoIt is harder for a beginner pianist to know the rules for good piano fingering, especially if there is no fingering written in the music. Here are four basic rules when planning fingering:

 

  1. Mostly, do not use your first fingers (thumbs) on a black key. This is because the thumb is very short, and your hand will make unnecessary jerky movements. The exceptions to this “rule” are; when you play the whole piece mostly on the black keys, your hand will already be up on the black keys.
  2. Learn the basic fingering patterns of scales, chords and piano arpeggios. This will teach you tried and tested fingering patterns that work! Music consists of three kinds of building blocks; scales or part of scales, chords – broken, blocked or arpeggiated, and intervals. Tthese patterns takes care of most of your fingering “problems”.
  3. Try to find a fingering that lets your hand stay in the same position for as long as possible. Be “cleverly lazy”. Avoid moving around your hand here and there.
  4. Fingering should always serve expression tamiflu price. Where does the phrase lead to, where is the peak, where is the landing or resting point. Where does the phrase need to flow forward, and where can it stop?

If you notice what you thought was a clever and practical fingering stops the flow, or makes a passage difficult to play- find another fingering.( It will also be much more fun to play now when you “won” it!)

Source: Online Piano Coach