English fingering


Definition of English fingering

: marking of piano music that indicates the thumb by an X or + and the other fingers by the numerals 1, 2, 3, and 4 starting with the index finger The English fingering, + to 4, has also been retained in the figures from Cramer's Etudes …— Sandra P. Rosenblum, Performance Practices in Classic Piano Music, 1991

called also American fingering

— compare german fingering

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First Known Use of English fingering

1859, in the meaning defined above

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“English fingering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/English%20fingering. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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