Learning Basic Piano Fingering
When reading beginner piano music, you will often find numbers below each note. These numbers indicate which finger to use to play a given note. This is done to build good habits and Train your fingers to play music naturally. For the treble clef, which is played with your right hand, 1 indicates your thumb, 2 indicates your index finger, 3 indicates your middle finger. The numbers are reversed to the left, as your Left pinkie will be at the bottom of the piano keyboard.
Play your first chord
The easiest chord to play on the piano is probably a C chord. To play this chord, and many similar triads, place your thumb on the C key, your middle finger on the E key, and your pinkie on the G key. Play all three keys in unison. Note the position of your fingers as they relate to the keys on the keyboard, including the black keys. three keys between your thumb and forefinger and two keys betwe one your middle finger and your pinkie. The same pattern is used to play all major chords on the piano keyboard. For example, a G chord can be played by placing your thumb on G, your middle finger on B and your pinkie on D.
Minor chords require only a small variation on this pattern. You will use the same three fingers. To play a C-minor chord, place your thumb on C, your middle finger on the E-plate and your pinkie on G. Note the number of keys between each of your three fingers. We now have two keys between the thumb and middle finger and three keys between your middle finger and your pinkie. The only difference in the C chords is that your middle finger plays the key to the left.
Playing inverted chords sometimes requires you to use different fingers. An inverted chord uses the same notes as an inverted chord, the only difference being that one or more of the notes is played higher or lower on the keyboard. For example, if you play an inverted C chord, place your thumb on the E key, your index finger on the G key, and your pinkie on C. You will notice that if you tried to use your middle finger on the G key, it would be difficult to reach your pinkie up to the C key. Correct finger placements are designed to keep the piano player comfortable and to avoid injury. When learning the piano, it is important to master the basics before moving on. Developing wrong habits on your own will hinder your progress later on and be very difficult to fix. It is important to understand the basics of piano fingers to master a range of chords. It is also good to know that chords follow different patterns, and the same finger pattern can be used to play chords across the keyboard.