Category: Piano

The Importance of Proper Fingering When First Learning Piano


Proper Fingering pic

Proper Fingering

An accomplished pianist, Tunde Krasznai holds a master’s degree in piano performance and teaching from the Liszt Academy Budapest. Tunde Krasznai also studied at UCLA, where she earned a second master’s degree as a Fulbright scholar.

When first starting to learn piano, it is critical for students to focus on proper fingering. When beginning students simply focus on the fingerings that seem most obvious, they often begin to develop bad habits.

The most obvious fingerings for a given piece are not necessarily the most efficient ones. When students do not think critically about how to finger a piece, they may find that their habits prevent them from playing the song at the proper tempo. Once a student learns a song with one fingering, it is very difficult to relearn it with another.

In general, fingerings should allow for the fewest hand jumps or changes in position possible. When first starting, it can be helpful to ask instructors to provide fingering annotations or to follow close-up videos of professionals to see how they play the notes. Once students have enough experience, they can begin to annotate their own music with the fingerings they devise.


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