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Is there a standard for fingering the F# and A notes circled in red? The key is E.

If I use 4-5 I have to move the hand up for the 4 finger to hit F# and if I use 3-5 I have to use 3 for two consecutive notes. (D# and F#) Is there a preferred method? Thanks!

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5-3 might be possible, especially if the phrase in pedaled.

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In that third measure, I would use 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and then 4 on the A in the fourth measure.

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Originally Posted by TBell
Is there a standard for fingering the F# and A notes circled in red? The key is E.

If I use 4-5 I have to move the hand up for the 4 finger to hit F# and if I use 3-5 I have to use 3 for two consecutive notes. (D# and F#) Is there a preferred method?
It is a "normal" piano technique to swing the wrist in a nice graceful lateral motion to reach higher notes with 4 & 5, and that bar is a perfect opportunity to, er, perfect your wrist movement (and make it look as graceful as the proverbial swan) thumb.


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Originally Posted by bennevis
It is a "normal" piano technique to swing the wrist in a nice graceful lateral motion to reach higher notes with 4 & 5, and that bar is a perfect opportunity to, er, perfect your wrist movement (and make it look as graceful as the proverbial swan) thumb.

And my teacher would add: by the time you are on finger 3, the elbow should be moving to the right and up to ease the reach for 4 and 5.


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For the 3rd and 4th measures .... 1,2,1,3,5,5 seems to stand out to me.


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Thanks everyone. I'll give these a try.

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Originally Posted by BruceD
In that third measure, I would use 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and then 4 on the A in the fourth measure.

+1.

There's no problem "moving the hand" to hit the F# with finger 4. And the F#-to-A stretch is not bad, even for 4-5.

The switch to 4 -- for the second A -- avoids a double-strike with 5. A classical pianist would avoid that double-strike; a jazz/pop pianist might not mind it, depending on how fast the tempo was.


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Depends on the size of the hand: the big one allows you to play 12345; for small hands the dmd advice is best.

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Originally Posted by Nahum
Depends on the size of the hand: the big one allows you to play 12345; for small hands the dmd advice is best.
Unless the pianist is a small child or has exceptionally small hands, he/she needs to - and should - be able to play with 12345.

Those notes don't even stretch as much as a 5-note diminished 7th chord and encompass only a 7th, and frankly, if you're going to play anything as advanced as this Bach keyboard concerto, you might as well get used to the mild stretch between F# & A (and the use of 'weak fingers' for those notes). There's a lot worse to come........


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