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    Default How do I relearn correct fingering?

    I realized lately that my problem in playing isn't my timing, that's fine, it isn't getting wrong notes, it's that I've been really really lax in learning proper fingering for pieces. Not all pieces have suggested fingerings, in fact most don't, so I just make whatever up at the time, and apparently I never actually take the time to go through a difficult portion of a piece to figure out what should be the correct fingering. Is there a proper technique to it? Or is it really what suits your playing style?

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    It's more what suits the shape of the music. By all means try different fingerings out but, if a particular fingering is more awkward than another but conveys the phrasing of the music better, I'd go for the one which is truer to the music. Another point to bear in mind is that different fingerings may suit different players differently. My suggestion: try various fingerings out during your slow practice and, when you find which one suits you best, stick to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manok View Post
    Is there a proper technique to it? Or is it really what suits your playing style?
    Yes and yes, but more yes to the first question. What works for one person will not necessarily work for another (especially for larger or smaller hands), but there are general rules that apply to just about anyone.

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    Consistency is key: you should use the same fingering every time you play a piece. This helps the brain to "program" the piece into muscle memory.

    Experiment with different fingerings for each passage. When you find something that works for you, pencil it into the score. Of course, if it turns out to cause problems later, then you can erase it and try something else. The important thing is to write down the fingering that you've decided to use; you won't necessarily remember it otherwise.
    "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." - Rachmaninoff

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    I think for many of my original pieces, (which is what I primarily practice and perform these days), I have mostly set fingers, but there are one or two notes during the piece that have two finger associations and I just pick in the moment (typically without thinking about it) whichever feels right.

    It seems to work for me, but then again, this is different, I'm composing the piece and getting it into my muscle memory that way. I'm pretty good at finding what feels right to me in terms of fingering though, must be all those years of piano lessons!

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