Ok – Let’s get to it. My Lesson #1 – Piano Fingering Placement Chart

by Omar Zulfi on October 3, 2012

Piano Finger Placement ChartOk.. So first post..

If you don’t know, I’ve been playing piano for a while. I know my way around the keys, know some chords, know of music theory, scales, modes, etc. But don’t ask me to sit down and bust out a sick piano solo.

But I want that to change. And I got a plan for it. Over the next few weeks and months I’m going to practice the piano every single day (at least.. I’m going to try). Practice is really my issue. I know a lot of what I need to know to play properly, but I just don’t practice. And I have known for years. I’ve been making music a long ass time, but I’m nowhere near a “piano player.”

So first things first – I gotta memorize the different major and minor scales. AND – I gotta get my piano fingering and piano finger placement right. Apparently there’s a “proper” way to move your fingers across keys when you’re playing. And I don’t really pay attention to that right now. I should probably start payin attention to that.

Piano Fingering

So you’re supposed to number your fingers on both hand like this:

Left Hand

  • Pinky – 5
  • Ring – 4
  • Middle – 3
  • Index – 2
  • Thumb – 1

Right Hand

  • Thumb – 1
  • Index – 2
  • Middle – 3
  • Ring – 4
  • Pinky – 5

Here’s a picture:

If you were playing the C-Major scale (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) on both hands, your left pinky and right thumb would both rest on the C notes. BUT other scales may start on different fingers depending on what the easiest way to play the whole scale is.

Here’s a piano finger chart for the all different major scales

Piano Fingering Position Chart Piano Fingering Chart

Here’s how you’d read the chart. If you want to know the finger position for the right hand and the Db Major scale, you know that you’ll start on a Db note with your index finger (finger 2) and end with your index finger (finger 2). Use the numbers to know which finger to use for each point in the piano scale.

So my plan now is to try and pay attention to these finger positions while I practice all my scales. I think that’s the most important thing for me to focus on right now. Scales and piano finger positions. If you haven’t learned your piano notes yet, then that’s something you’re going to want to do first.

What scale is up first? C Major. Pretty typical, but whatever.. I’ma do it anyway and go on from there. I’ll probably try to memorize all of the major scales before trying to tackle all the minors. I think things will be easier that way, instead of bouncing from major to minor. (I hate major scales for the most part – I like darker music; minor is my thing).

I’m assuming the piano fingering is very similar for the minor scale, but I’ll get there when I get there.

If you’re wondering, the piano tutorial I’m using is a book by the dope players at HearAndPlay.com called “The Secrets To Playing Piano By Ear.” I’ve gone through about half of it in the past, and it’s a great self-study piano tutorial. It really breaks things down to a level that’s easy to understand and implement. I love the products at HearAndPlay.com and I’ll probably reference them a lot on this blog. I’m a big believer in their piano tutorials and am using them to help me learn how to play.

You can get the 300 page home study course by clicking here. If you do decide to buy the course, I’d appreciate you using my link. I do get a commission if you purchase using my link, but I only recommend things I truly believe in and use myself – promise.

Anyways, I’ll be back in a couple days with where I’m at. If you have any tips or tricks or comments, leave them below. And if you liked this post, please share it.

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