June 25

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Fingerings and Laziness

I've come to appreciate that many pianistic problems can be solved with better fingerings.

Or thinking about the fingering to begin with.

Our tendency is to go with whatever feels good in the moment. Sound familiar?

Only to be thwarted by whatever comes up in the next measure.

And then, once you've intentionally planned your fingerings, there's the whole "practicing them in" thing. Which requires slow, repetitive practice.

Another challenge all who want to play piano must face.

The students who progress the slowest and end up stopping are often those who struggle taking the time to figure out fingerings. Or insist that whatever feels good in the present moment is the right choice.

When we stop being lazy about fingerings, we find that it doesn't take all that much time to figure them out.

And ironically, when we spend the time to work them in, we progress faster than we ever could have before.

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About Jonathan Roberts

I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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