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How To Place Your Fingers Properly On Piano Keys

posted in Family & Kids > Education
02/27/2015
  • Are you starting to learn playing the piano by yourself, but can't quite figure out how to properly place your fingers on the piano keys? This article will guide you through the recommended proper finger placement on the keyboard.
    Are you starting to learn playing the piano by yourself, but can't quite figure out how to properly place your fingers on the piano keys? This article will guide you through the recommended proper finger placement on the keyboard.
  • The thumb finger is number 1.
    The thumb finger is number 1.
  • The index finger is number 2.
    The index finger is number 2.
  • The middle finger is number 3.
    The middle finger is number 3.
  • The ring finger is number 4.
    The ring finger is number 4.
  • The pinky finger is number 5.
    The pinky finger is number 5.
  • Start at Middle C.
    Start at Middle C.
  • Put finger 1 on the middle C note key.
    Put finger 1 on the middle C note key.
  • Put finger 2 on D, 3 on E, 4 on F, 5 on G. This is known as the Going up pattern.
    Put finger 2 on D, 3 on E, 4 on F, 5 on G. This is known as the Going up pattern.
  • Play the notes C-D-E-F-G using the current finger placement.
    Play the notes C-D-E-F-G using the current finger placement.
  • Move finger 1 to the right, and below the other fingers just when your finger 5 starts to go down to hit the G note key.
    Move finger 1 to the right, and below the other fingers just when your finger 5 starts to go down to hit the G note key.
  • Pass finger 1 under finger 5 to play the next A note.
    Pass finger 1 under finger 5 to play the next A note.
  • Repeat the five finger order outlined before so that finger 2 presses B, 3 on C5, 4 on D5, and 5 on E5.
    Repeat the five finger order outlined before so that finger 2 presses B, 3 on C5, 4 on D5, and 5 on E5.
  • Repeat the previous pattern until you reach the end of the keyboard.
    Repeat the previous pattern until you reach the end of the keyboard.
  • Start at Middle C.
    Start at Middle C.
  • Put finger 1 on the middle C note key.
    Put finger 1 on the middle C note key.
  • Put finger 2 on B3, 3 on A3, 4 on G3, 5 on F3. This is known as the Going down pattern.
    Put finger 2 on B3, 3 on A3, 4 on G3, 5 on F3. This is known as the Going down pattern.
  • Play the notes C4-B3-A3-G3-F3 using the current finger placement.
    Play the notes C4-B3-A3-G3-F3 using the current finger placement.
  • Move finger 1 to the left, and below the other fingers just when your finger 5 starts to go down to hit the F note key.
    Move finger 1 to the left, and below the other fingers just when your finger 5 starts to go down to hit the F note key.
  • Pass finger 1 under finger 5 to play the next E3 note.
    Pass finger 1 under finger 5 to play the next E3 note.
  • Repeat the five finger order outlined before so that finger 2 presses D3, 3 on C3, 4 on B2, and 5 on A2.
    Repeat the five finger order outlined before so that finger 2 presses D3, 3 on C3, 4 on B2, and 5 on A2.
  • Repeat the previous pattern until you reach the end of the keyboard.
    Repeat the previous pattern until you reach the end of the keyboard.
  • Your 5th finger should generally only be used for starting or ending a scale, not passing tones. In other words, you should cross your 1st finger under your 3rd or 4th finger, not the 5th.
    Your 5th finger should generally only be used for starting or ending a scale, not passing tones. In other words, you should cross your 1st finger under your 3rd or 4th finger, not the 5th.
  • For a C scale, right hand example, you will play C, D, and E with fingers 1, 2, and 3, then pass finger 1 under the 3rd to play F, G, A, B, and C with 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Reverse this coming back down. (Note that ending on your 5th finger here is fine.)
    For a C scale, right hand example, you will play C, D, and E with fingers 1, 2, and 3, then pass finger 1 under the 3rd to play F, G, A, B, and C with 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Reverse this coming back down. (Note that ending on your 5th finger here is fine.)
  • If you are continuing up more than one octave, you will cross your 1st finger under the 4th, changing from B to C ready to start over with the same pattern on the next octave.
    If you are continuing up more than one octave, you will cross your 1st finger under the 4th, changing from B to C ready to start over with the same pattern on the next octave.
  • For the left hand going up, you want to cross your 3rd finger over your first going from G to A. Continuing another octave, you'll cross your 4th over the 1st from C to D. It makes more sense to think of the mirrored fingerings, but playing up with your right and down with your left is not the norm.
    For the left hand going up, you want to cross your 3rd finger over your first going from G to A. Continuing another octave, you'll cross your 4th over the 1st from C to D. It makes more sense to think of the mirrored fingerings, but playing up with your right and down with your left is not the norm.
  • This crossing under fingers 3 and 4 (or over with fingers 3 and 4) may not seem important on the all-white-keys C scale, but when you start working on other keys, its importance becomes clear, so starting these good habits while learning this easy scale will pay off in the long run.
    This crossing under fingers 3 and 4 (or over with fingers 3 and 4) may not seem important on the all-white-keys C scale, but when you start working on other keys, its importance becomes clear, so starting these good habits while learning this easy scale will pay off in the long run.
  • Thanks for looking!

    This is not my original tutorial. I merely found it helpful and shared it.

    Please see the original post along with lots of other great information at the link below:

    http://www.wikihow.com/Place-Your-Fingers-Properly-on-Piano-Keys

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