How To Do Piano Fingering and the Musical Alphabet

Of course you can learn piano without knowing the proper fingering. But it would be much more efficient and fast when you practice the proper fingering and the musical alphabet.

Here is how you can learn the proper piano fingering and the musical alphabet.

  • A prerequisite to learning to play the piano is of course the piano. Learn to be comfortable with your piano. You should be practicing in a room where nobody would be disturbed.
  • Sit up properly. Sit up straight in front of your piano and observe proper posture. This would make you less prone to fatigue and more comfortable when you get used to it.
  • Try to assign a number to each of your five fingers. Assign number one to your thumb, number two to your pointing finger, three to middle finger, four to your ring finger and five to your little finger.
  • The basic and natural notes of the keyboard are A, B, C, D, E, F and G. These are the white keys on your piano. The musical alphabet is only until G and after that it will only repeat all over again. That would mean, after G, A will come next again and then B, and so on and so forth.
  • Make a fixed partnering of your finger with the piano keys. Starting with your right thumb, associate the C key with your right thumb; the D with your right pointing finger; E with your right middle finger; F with your right ring finger and G with your right little finger. As you try to remember these associations, it would be helpful if you play each and listen to remember the sound. This way you can learn piano fingering faster.
  • Find the other notes in the keyboard. The C keys repeat every after 7 notes. Always associate all the C keys with your right thumb; all the D’s with your pointing finger; E’s with your middle finger, F’s with your ring finger and G’s with your little finger
  • The other notes of the piano are the flats and the sharps. The sharps are represented by a pound sign (#). These are the black notes, which are one note up from the white key. The flats are represented by a lowercase “b”. These are the black notes, which are one note down from the white key.
  • The musical alphabets are: A, A-sharp / B-flat, B, C, C-sharp / D-flat, D, D-sharp / E-flat, E, F, F-sharp / G-flat, G, G-sharp / A-flat. These musical alphabets are repeating so after G-sharp / A-flat, the next one would be A, A-sharp / B-flat, and so on and so forth.


Don’t force yourself to learn and master all of these at once. It would take at least a week or two for an average person to master the musical alphabet with the proper piano fingering. It would even be harder if you already learned to play the piano with the improper fingering, you would have to unlearn that and then teach yourself properly.

 

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