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#1 traillmixx

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 12:58 AM

I find these DVDs very good however, I'm having trouble fingering or the meaning to it. What I am trying to say is for example the first time we learn Amazing Grace or Home on the Range. The finger numbering is there and I can eventually get it, but I don't see the point it doing so. If I memorize the fingering how do I adapt to a newer song with any orthodox fingering? The question is a bit confusing hopefully I reached my point.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 02:39 AM

Fingering as demonstrated in the lessons is basically a recommendation and meant to develop muscle memory and a foundation. If you Google piano note/chord fingering you will find a variation. Pianist that have years of experience will offer guidance but what it comes down to in the end, once you have developed control, is what works for you. Will shows a Root Chord as 1-3-5, then the first inversion as 1-3-5, I can do this but if I return to the root from an inversion my pinky doesn’t want to conform so I prefer to do the first inversion as 1-2-5. As you practice you should continue to follow Will’s recommendations, and as you gain more confidence and skills you can adapt to what feel comfortable and natural.
My goal while increasing my skills is to do what I’m thinking and not have to think what I’m doing.

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 07:08 AM

Hi and welcome,
I agree with Cliff.
Stick with the lesson plan as shown and it will all fall into place.
It's early days yet.Just keep practicing.
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#5 traillmixx

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 02:17 PM

Thanks everyone appreciate it :D.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 03:46 AM

hi cliff. i'm glad you commented on the 1-2-5 / 1-3-5 fingering variation for the first inversion. before i bought the course, i took some free online lessons and started practicing with 1-2-5 on the first inversion. it feels more comfortable and natural to me also. i know that your advice is to go with what's natural/comfortable, but i'm wondering if there is an advantage (that i won't discover until later in the course) to following the 1-3-5 method. any ideas or insight would be appreciated. thanks.

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Posted 14 October 2011 - 01:06 AM

hi cliff. i'm glad you commented on the 1-2-5 / 1-3-5 fingering variation for the first inversion. before i bought the course, i took some free online lessons and started practicing with 1-2-5 on the first inversion. it feels more comfortable and natural to me also. i know that your advice is to go with what's natural/comfortable, but i'm wondering if there is an advantage (that i won't discover until later in the course) to following the 1-3-5 method. any ideas or insight would be appreciated. thanks.


I would stick closely with the course. You are building basic skills that will pay off later. First you get the fingers going then you start making music. If you try to freelance too much you might miss something important in the course.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 04:51 PM

Solid advice! I'd just add that the point of fingering is to be able to play (I know, that's somewhat obvious) a piece smoothly and a lot of it has to do with making sure you don't "run out" of fingers in the middle of a passage which would cause you to either not be in a position to play the note on time or with the correct attack. Quick example is a major scale - it has 8 notes; you have 5 fingers; you have to have a fingering plan to deal with it.

So, like others have said - following the fingering in the course and use it as a guideline for figuring out fingerings on your own.

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