Piano Fingering Number System


It is very important that you know the number system that is applied to the fingers on your left and right hands.  The graphic below will illustrate this.


1. Bring the palms of your hands together as in the position of "praying hands".  Stretch out your fingers creating space between your fingers.  Have someone touch the tips of your fingers with a pencil; then you respond with the appropriate finger number.  If the index fingers are touched then you say "2".  Have the tester to mix it up and to try and stump you.  Children love this little test.  Sometimes adults make frequent mistakes.

2.  Have the child to trace their hand on a sheet of paper.  Trace both left and right hands.  Afterwards, have the child to write in the correct finger number on each finger in the drawing.

It's very important that the beginner fully understand this finger number system because you have to learn the proper fingering for scales, chords, arpeggios, and various musical passages.  There are to many piano players struggling through their music because they are using the wrong fingers to play certain keys.


Here is an example of numbers positioned over notes. This music is for the treble clef, which is usually played by the right hand. To play this passage you would use finger 1, then 3, and then 2 in the right hand. And, continue from there.



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