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Fingering chords #2960251 03/25/20 10:58 AM
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I was just watching video showing how to use the sustain pedal.

As I was watching, I had a revelation. When playing adjacent white keys, can I use one finger to play both notes?

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Re: Fingering chords [Re: MartyM] #2960254 03/25/20 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by MartyM
I was just watching video showing how to use the sustain pedal.

As I was watching, I had a revelation. When playing adjacent white keys, can I use one finger to play both notes?


Yes you can.

Eventually you get to the point where which fingers you use is entirely up to you.

Then .... suggested fingerings are as described (suggested) and you pick fingerings based on your hand size and the physical situation you find your hand in as you play a particular passage.


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Re: Fingering chords [Re: MartyM] #2960548 03/26/20 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by MartyM
When playing adjacent white keys, can I use one finger to play both notes?

Yes, but it's not as good as playing them with different fingers, if you have a choice.


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After decades of playing other instrument (new to piano) and many teachers and talking to book authors they all said the same thing in the end "do what works for you". So if a situation works better for you with one finger on two keys and you and play the same thing repeatedly and it works, you have listened to you end result and it sound good, then that's working for you so do it.

In the long run you are your own best teacher all of us are different so there really is no one size fits all.

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Re: Fingering chords [Re: MartyM] #2960817 03/26/20 07:41 PM
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Originally Posted by MartyM
When playing adjacent white keys, can I use one finger to play both notes?

In jazz, anything goes.

In classical, you don't just play two adjacent notes together, you also generally 'voice' them (i.e. one note louder than the other), which is impossible if you play them with one finger, which is why the only reason you'd do that is a wide chord where the thumb has to play two adjacent white notes (e.g. in Chopin's 'Revolutionary' Etude, the RH chord F, G, D, G).


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Practically speaking, it is common to use thumb for adjacent white notes or black notes. It is uncommon for any other finger. Come to think of it, I don't recall ever needing it for any other finger.
Thumb though yeah, all the time and i don't use different rules for classical, but know others might.


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