Does Fingering Really Matter In Piano If You Are Playing The Right Notes?

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Is It Really Necessary To Play The Piano With The Correct Fingers?

This is a very common question beginner asks when they are told that they had played the passage with the wrong fingers! A typical remark by the piano teacher may sound like this – ” you should play the note with your index finger instead of your middle finger!”

If you are a beginner, you may be confused by such statement. You may be thinking to yourself and wondering just exactly why? What is wrong? Why do I particularly need to play this note with a specific finger?

In this article, I will try to enlighten you by sharing with you the reasons for the need to play with the correct fingering.

 

Playing With The Correct Fingering Develops Technique

As one develops to play more challenging pieces on the piano, it calls for a greater demand on the pianist’s technique to tackle these challenges.

For example, you may need to play very fast sections which requires precision and evenness in the playing.  In other sections, you may need to ensure that the melodic and harmonic lines of the piece is clearly projected to your audience.

A good fingering will affect the flow of the notes and it helps to ensure a smooth transition from one note to another without any breaks in between. In addition, it helps you to develop a mastery of control over your piano.

In an article – Piano Fingering – how important is it? by Tamsyn Spackman , it was mentioned that ” using consistent fingering builds muscle memory which is critical if one desires to master their instrument.

It also minimizes the chances of you stumbling and fumbling over your fingers while playing your pieces. Which naturally means, lesser chances to play wrong notes.

 

Poor Finger Technique Can Be Damaging To Your Hands And Wrist

This may come as a surprise if you did not know that playing the piano with a poor technique can potentially be harmful to you.

After all, piano playing is a physical activity and playing with the wrong fingering can potentially invites unwanted problems such as carpal tunnel syndromes AKA wrist pain.

This is a very serious problem and can potentially mean the-end for your piano playing journey if you are not careful.

The symptoms of this devastating injury includes the feeling of numbness, weakness, tingling sensation on your fingers or hands.

 

So Is There Any Solutions To Improve Fingering?

Fortunately, there are ways to improve your fingering technique on the piano.

According to Melanie Spanswick’s article on A few helpful tips to improve your piano fingering , it was suggested to practice scales and arpeggios.

In addition to improving your fingering technique, playing scales and arpeggios can also improve the tone, articulation , intonation and the familiarity of your instrument.

Check out the article by The Associate Board Of The Royal School Of Music and see what they had to say about the benefits of playing scales and arpeggios.

Another method is to write in your fingerings on your music scores so that you can be consistent in using the same fingers for the specified notes. This also helps to minimize the chance of stumbling on the keyboard.

Personally, I wish to add some guiding principles to help you along when it comes to choosing the right fingering on the piano:

  1. Keep it as simple as possible
  2. Minimize the number of times you need to change your hand position or movements
  3. Write in all the fingering before starting to learn a piece to prevent building bad habits

If you are interested to try your hands on some scales now, check out this video by Lili K Music.

For the more advance students, you may want to try this book on the complete book of scales, chords, arpeggios & cadences. It covers basically ALL the scales and arpeggios you ever need. Personally, I had this copy too and I highly recommend it to anyone who wish to just be a step above the rest when it comes to piano technique.

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The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences
Includes all the Major, Minor & Chromatic Scales. Piano Technique; Technique Musicianship. Alfred’s Basic Piano Library. Scales, Chords and Arpeggios. Instructional book. With standard notation, fingerings, chord names and introductory text. 88 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.5743).

disclaimer: I do not sell this product and am only recommending to you because I think it is worth it. 

Do like and share this article if you find it useful. As always, if you have any questions, please leave a comment below!

 

All The Best,

Herman

*Watch my online piano tutorial videos to learn how to play piano without reading a single music note. If you are interested, grab a copy of my personal tips on piano playing and hand coordination and let’s begin!

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