The Art of Piano Fingering

General Principles for Choosing Fingerings (2)

Fingering is a vital element of piano playing: a good fingering gives us much greater security and can often make a technically difficult passage suddenly seem effortless. Musically speaking, it can also shape a phrase, balance chords, regulate the tone and rhythm, co-ordinate the hands, clarify the articulation, and project many subtle musical nuances. Yet each pianist will have different views on an individual passage – three editions may offer three completely different fingerings. Are there – can there be? - any universal solutions to fingering? Or is it all a matter of deeply personal artistic preference, based on one’s...

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