The Art of Piano Fingering


Chapter 1 - Major Scales

A major scale is a series of notes linked together by the following intervals: tone   tone   semitone   tone   tone tone   semitone The arrangement of these intervals remains the same in every key. For purposes of fingering, the seven notes are grouped into two hand positions, one of three notes, the other of four, using the basic fingering sequence: 1 2 3     1 2 3 4 Example 1 Notice how, in order to join the two groups smoothly, the thumb passes under the last finger of each group, as if under a bridge. In this manual, this finger, circled above, is always called...

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