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Topic: Play music without working out the fingering  (Read 566 times)

Offline louiss97

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Play music without working out the fingering
on: July 15, 2020, 05:47:56 AM
There was a pianist ,at a church I used to go, who could play any music given her. I saw soon after she was given the music, she simulated the playing sitting on a bench outside the sanctuary with the music on her lap. I did not see her marking the music. Apparently, she didn't need to chart out the fingering. When she went into the sanctuary, she played for the choir; it was flawless at least to my ear. I am sure someone at this forum can do just the same. If you are one, could you tell me: What technical preparations does one need such that he can play without having to worry about the fingering?

Offline dogperson

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Re: Play music without working out the fingering
Reply #1 on: July 15, 2020, 08:32:39 AM
The more years you play, the more experience you will have with recognizing patters and fingering.  However, the need for defining fingering will always depend on the situation: if accompanying a church choir where the piano is not the primary focus, fingering can be less clearly defined than for music where the piano music is more prominent.

Iím afraid I donít see any shortcuts to choosing and consistently using fingering suited for your particular hands and to best achieve the sound you want when the piano is predominant. Work it out, write in the key fingering and consistently use it. The more you go through this process of carefully defining fingering, the easier it will become. Excellent fingering is an art and a habit.

If you only want to accompany a church choir, you do not need to be as disciplined.

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