order to play notes on the piano and not
trip over your own fingers, there are methods
shown on the staff to help you know which
finger (or thumb) to use to start playing
the notes you see written.
Hold your hands up in front of you (palms
pointed away from you). Spread your fingers
apart. Look at your left hand. Beginning
with your little finger, this finger is
Now look at the thumb of your left hand.
The thumb is called #1. There are five fingers
and five numbers, one for each finger (or
thumb). What number would you guess would
be assigned to your pointer finger?
about your ring finger?
how about your middle finger?
the following exercise.
your #5 finger.
your #1 finger.
your #2 finger.
your #3 finger.
your #4 finger.
It takes some practice for any student learning
to play the piano to do this. It's not easy
to think about wiggling one finger at a
time and having your brain tell the nerves
for just that one finger to move (wiggle).
With some practice, you will be able to
do this without having to concentrate on
look at your right hand. It is also numbered
in the same way as your left hand.
the exercise above using your right hand.