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Correct Fingering

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Overview

After identifying what the note is and where it should be played, make sure to use the correct fingers to play it.

Goal: Play several notes with the correct fingers.

Practice Speed: N/A.

OF NOTE:

  1. In the open position, finger 1 usually plays fret 1, finger 2 plays fret 2, finger 3 plays fret 3, and finger 4 plays fret 4.
  2. Stick with this basic plan unless an alternate fingering is marked into the music.
  3. If a 1, 2, 3, or 4 is marked beside a note, that is an alternate finger; use that finger instead of sticking to the basic plan.
  4. Right hand fingers will be marked with a P, I, M, or A.
  5. Closely follow all fingerings for both hands.
*If you need help identifying any notes, use the Note Finder

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Lesson 1: Play each note. Use the correct left and right hand fingers.
  • Lesson 2: Play along with the video to check your work.

Final Thoughts

Using the correct fingers strongly influences the over all sound of a piece of music. Therefore, the right note with the wrong finger should still be considered a wrong note.

Unfortunately, on simple pieces of music, it can be difficult to hear the difference between right and wrong fingerings. This causes some students to create a bad habit by ignoring them. A better approach is to pay close attention to all fingerings. Then, when it's time for more difficult music, you'll already have a good habit in place.


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