English fingering

noun

: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of English fingering was in 1859

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“English fingering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/English%20fingering. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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