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date: 13 April 2024

keyboard fingering. 

The Oxford Companion to Music
W. Glyn JenkinsW. Glyn Jenkins, Neal Peres Da CostaNeal Peres Da Costa

In the modern system of keyboard fingerings an octave is divided into one group of three notes and another of four, representing two distinct hand positions. The aim is to connect these as imperceptibly as possible by passing the thumb under the long fingers, or the fingers over the thumb. Although many different methods have been used to indicate keyboard fingerings the system known as ‘continental fingering’, which numbers the thumb as 1 and the fingers 2 to 5, is now used exclusively by composers, teachers, and publishers.... ...

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