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Stolzing
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« on: July 12, 2004, 11:47:23 PM »

I'm working on learning this and want to make sure I'm doing this the best way.

http://www.angelfire.com/ab7/lune/clare.html
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What is the best fingering for the left hand there?

Is it

5 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 2 3 4 1 4 1 2 3 2 3  ?

I'm not sure if it's that way because it's a little awkward going from 1 to 4 the first time.

And do you do it thumb under or not?
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piano sheet music of Clair de Lune (moonlight)
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2004, 11:53:43 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2004, 12:05:23 AM »

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I'm working on learning this and want to make sure I'm doing this the best way.



What is the best fingering for the left hand here?

Is it

5 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 2 3 4 1 4 1 2 3 2 3  ?

I'm not sure if it's that way because it's a little awkward going from 1 to 4 the first time.

And do you do it thumb under or not?

Gak!! your fingering is retched!  Try

5 3 2 1 4 2 1 2 1 2 4 5 2 1 2 4 2 4

the worst parts of your fingering is:

5 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 2 3 4 1 4 1 2 3 2 3

The music cannot sound if the fingers do not move, the fingers cannot move if the hand is stretched, therefore, the fingering you have chosen is really awkward for anyone.  additionally, try to avoid using the thumb on black keys- You will see why if you try to play quickly....
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2004, 12:06:23 AM »

It's ages since I've played this piece but I would do,

542142121241212424 or

542142121245412424,

these suit my hand size and technique, but as said you have to find the one that suits you, I would probably do this thumb under as it's not too fast, but personally I don't really make a concious decision.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2004, 12:12:13 AM »

actually Stolzing, I just tried it out- using 2 3 2 3 at the end is a good idea of yours, instead of my previously suggested 2 4 2 4.  It is easier to get to the following E on the next bar over.

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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2004, 12:35:26 AM »

The 2424 only works for me cos I have a long 5th finger and a very large gap between 4th and 5th fingers, due to fracturing my 5th finger!! Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2004, 01:01:55 AM »

Thank you all for your help  Grin

I'm going with this as donjuan suggested and it works perfectly.

5 3 2 1 4 2 1 2 1 2 4 5 2 1 2 3 2 3
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2009, 11:22:11 PM »

If anyone needs help learning how to play "Clair de lune", I've started a lesson series on YouTube called "Clair de lune from Scratch".  It's primarily aimed at adult beginners who have never played the piano or read music before.  Each lesson is about 5-10 minutes in length, covering a measure at a time (sometimes several lessons on a particular measure) and updated daily. 

You can view all of the lessons to date at http://pianofromscratch.com.  Feel free to leave comments if you have any questions or need help with any parts of the music.

Hope this helps!

Hugh Sung
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« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2009, 01:06:56 PM »

I'm posting free lessons on how to play "Clair de lune" measure by measure at http://pianofromscratch.com.  These lessons are designed for people who may have never played the piano or read music before.  So far, we're up to measure 29 and I try to update lesson videos daily.  I hope you find them helpful!

All the best,
Hugh Sung
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2009, 01:08:58 PM »

Oops!  Sorry for the double post!  I didn't see my listing from yesterday, so i thought i'd try again...
I'm just starting to upload the lesson for this measure now.  Later this afternoon, I'll show a simplified fingering for the left hand, so you may want to check out http://pianofromscratch.com for updates.

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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2009, 09:23:21 PM »

Im using something like 5-4-2-1-4-2-1-2 for the ascending part
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« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2010, 08:43:18 AM »

This is past my experience; but I love it so much I want to try. Thank you Hugh for your help on this one!  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2010, 06:24:39 PM »

I remember I also struggled with this but I finally found a fingering that suited me. It's been long since I played this piece so I don't remember exactly how I fingered it. I guess you already got a good answer from some of the above comments. Good luck! Smiley
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