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Correct Piano Fingering is an important aspect of piano technique. It is important that you learn to use the correct fingers right from the beginning.

Piano fingering basically means the correct use of your fingers while playing the piano!

Using the correct fingering is an important aspect of learning the piano. It is more of technique so it is important that you do it the correct way right from the beginning.

  • Why is it Important?
  • If you take any simple song, once you know the notes of the song, you can play it even without knowing the correct fingering.

    You can use any fingers you like and as long as you maintain the correct time/tempo you will think that you have done a good job. But it will work only for very simple songs!

    The moment you pick up something which needs more than beginner level skills, you will struggle to play the notes if you do not follow the correct piano fingering.

    To be able to play smoothly and at the correct tempo, you will have to use your fingers in the correct sequence. Without correct fingering, your fingers just cannot fly on the keys!

  • Basics of Piano Fingering
  • If you pick up any instruction book for Piano, you will notice numbers (1 to 5) placed around the notes. The numbers basically indicate the fingers that you are supposed to use to play those notes.

    Irrespective of whether it is the right or the left hand, the thumb is numbered as 1, then comes your 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers and finally your little finger, which is numbered as 5.

    So the next time you see those numbers around the notes, I hope you will remember and use the correct fingers.

  • How to Improve?
  • The only way you can improve is by following it in the first place!

    Whenever you are playing any song from a book, make sure you follow the fingering which is given there. The more songs you play from any book, the more you will come across different fingering sequences.

    Besides this, you can also practice major/minor scales using the correct fingering. All this will give you confidence and you will be able to use the correct fingering when you play any song from ear/memory.

    You will be able to play difficult passages/sequences with ease and once you have the confidence you can even tweak the fingering to suit your playing.



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