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Arpeggio fingering question
#3026658 09/19/20 07:36 AM
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Hi all,

I've decided that practicing arpeggios might be a good idea. I want to do it properly so I Googleresearched how best to practice. The fingering instructions leave me confused.

The recommendations state that for vast majority of major and minor keys the fingering should be 1-2-3 for the left hand.

This seems awkward, counter-intuitive, and wrong to me. Any number of other sequences feel more comfortable.

Should I continue practicing in this manner, or go with what feels more natural to me? I ask because I suspect there may be a reason it is taught this way.

Thanks!

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I dont know where you found that suggestion, but it is not the standard fingering for all keys. 1 2 3 or rather 3 2 1 is used for some keys but there are different fingering used for other keys. 5 4 2 1 or 2 1 4 2 are pretty usual. Some people dont like 5421 and thus are using 5321 instead, but i dont think ig is a good idea.

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Jon999 #3026665 09/19/20 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Jon999
The recommendations state that for vast majority of major and minor keys the fingering should be 1-2-3 for the left hand.
Where did you get that from? YT, website?

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This seems awkward, counter-intuitive, and wrong to me. Any number of other sequences feel more comfortable.
What is your own preferred fingering?

Say, for C major and C minor and D major.


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I highly recommend 'Alfred's Complete Book of Scales, chords and arpeggios.

It was one of the first things that I bought when I started learning and I would have been lost without it.
As well as having the fingerings for just about everything, it also has some great information on music theory written in a simplistic way that appealed to me.

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Jon999 #3026673 09/19/20 08:15 AM
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OK, I am dense. I was thinking that, on the left hand, the pinkie is 1 and the thumb is 5.

And I've been practicing that way for a week. Sheesh!

So, uh, nevermind. smile

I do have the Alfred book, don't know why I didn't consult it.

Thanks, all.

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If you're new to arpeggios, my advice would be not to overdo it.

In my experience, they’re one of the most stressful exercises on the hands and wrists.

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Originally Posted by treefrog
If you're new to arpeggios, my advice would be not to overdo it.

In my experience, they’re one of the most stressful exercises on the hands and wrists.


Arpeggios should not stress the hands and wrists if you incorporate forearm rotation

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