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Wolfgang Ellenberger

Fingering for piano playing

A thorough Essay

A Systematical Fingering
as a Precondition
for Free Music Performance

There are very few scriptures about fingering, e.g. "Principles of Fingering" by tobias Matthay.

During my teaching activities as piano teacher I found always more clearly that most of the hesitations of the students during their play derived from their thinking about fingering. That caused me to develop a system of fingering for about twelve years which has been proved very well in my and my students´  work.

As a medical doctor I am aware of "information processing" up to psychological and physiological facts during piano playing and I know that musicians ignore these things often totally: If I find an adaptable system I can always penetrate more and more profound into a working field practically without any restrictions. In the same sense the right piano technique serving the music can guide to the highest spheres of music.

On the other side a casual fingering creates undesired limits in the performance situation. With casual fingering I also mean a motorically well-studied performance which has no written -and thus fully conscious- fingering! To work with my system means hours of work in the beginning of the production of a music piece; but you will be rewarded by everlasting fruits afterwards. The system grows with the experiences of the individual, it can only be meant as an impulse for own research. Students who affronted themselves with the effort to work with it were always convinced about it.

Enough words, now we begin:

First chapter: 5-finger-position

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